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Wednesday , October 28 2020

The Kuwaiti citizenship

Ahmad-Al-Sarraf

Since the beginning of the 1960s, the Kuwaiti nationality was considered attractive to many, especially after regulating it a few years earlier according to which a citizen received many benefits, gifts and welfare that included almost all family members, not to mention granting marriage and monthly subsistence and retirement pensions, free housing, free medical treatment, education and many other things.

This prompted hundreds of thousands to resort to various, often illegal, methods to obtain the Kuwaiti citizenship. A group of very influential citizens helped them obtain it, because their naturalization meant a vote for the tribe or sect or the rich who sought parliamentary honor or support.

The demand for citizenship subsequently increased through fraudulent methods as the importance of a vote became precious which brought along with it financial benefits, the increase in pensions, grants and ‘gifts’ and not limited from cradle to the grave, but sometimes after that by giving the title ‘the late’, and we saw even the one who played the greatest role, through his personal influence, and the influence of his religious-political party, to push the nation backward and the State’s education and curriculum, one of the most important and biggest streets of Kuwait was named after him.

With the drop in global oil prices, the country’s main resource, the nationality has become less attractive, and its importance will decrease with the continued deterioration of the country’s financial position as a result of wrong financial policies, and the choice of inexperienced and weak personalities to manage the State’s finances in the most complex and difficult circumstances.

This is in addition to sidelining well-known personalities who are known for their honesty and experience, such as the financial and investment expert Yousef Al-Awadhi, who has no role despite his experience of more than forty years. I do not speak or nominate myself, as I am not qualified for any government position.

The persistent reader, Madame Al-Helou, commented on the article of the discontent of a female Palestinian who left Kuwait because she did not get the Kuwaiti nationality and says that the article is based on ‘naïvety’ in understanding the subject. The interest of the State alone enacts the laws and regulations of the State.

Therefore, we find that China has long adhered to the policy of compelling the birth of one child, and what that means in terms of prohibiting naturalization completely, while other countries grant their citizens tax reductions if they respond to the policy of increasing childbearing. We also find other countries that open the doors for immigration, and hasten to grant their nationality to every expatriate, while others refuse anyone to seek asylum.

Therefore, the said Palestinian did not understand or conceive the sociological and economic reality of Kuwait, and the country’s intellectual legacy, and if she had known, she would not have had such a bad attitude towards the country that hosted her for a long time, and she would not have complained and suffered because she was deprived of what she believed to be her right, ignoring the positions of the majority of her people and her leadership regarding the invasion and occupation of Kuwait.

Kuwait’s resources are limited, and any increase in the population will have negative repercussions, especially since there are groups that precede her in priority, such as the children of tens of thousands of Kuwaiti women married to non-Kuwaitis.

e-mail: a.alsarraf@alqabas.com.kw

By Ahmad alsarraf

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