Sudan Strips Thousands Of Syrian Refugees Of Citizenship

In an official statement, the authorities announced that the foreigners had obtained the Sudanese nationality in "illegitimate ways during the rule of the ousted President Omar Al-Bashir."

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Syrian refugee girls in a school in Sudan.

Sudan’s intermediate government has stripped thousands of foreigners, including Iraqi and Syrian refugees, of their naturalized Sudanese citizenship, Erm News reported on Wednesday.

In an official statement, the authorities announced that the foreigners had obtained the Sudanese nationality in “illegitimate ways during the rule of the ousted President Omar Al-Bashir.”

The affirmation added that the Sudanese Interior Ministry had demanded all naturalized citizens from 2014 to 2019 “to visit the ministry’s Passports & Immigration office,” noting that all naturalized citizenships issued after last year would be “stripped from their holder.”

A Sudanese man in a Syrian falafel store in Sudan. (Enab Baladi)

Several Syrians who are naturalized citizens told local media that the measures had caused them “material damage, especially businessmen and investors, who could no longer liquidate their bank and business accounts.”

Sudanese people at a famous Syrian restaurant in Khartoum. (AFP)

According to Syria TV, “the Sudanese government’s measures hindered the movement of Syrians, including businessmen, investors and people whose residencies in other countries are nearing the end.”

It is pertinent to note that the total number of foreigners acquiring Sudanese nationality has reached 18,000, of whom 13,000 are Syrians.

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