MP Abdullah Al-Turaiji disclosed an unusual increase by hundreds of thousands in the numbers of Kuwaiti citizens, and stressed that according to specialized census experts, many of them got citizenship through forgery and random naturalization. He added that experts stress that the total number of citizens must not be more than one million, while real figures show that they are over 1.2 million.
“This means that there are hundreds of thousands who got citizenship through illegal ways,” Turaiji stressed, adding that the total number of stateless people whose original nationalities have not been revealed are only 745 out of the total number of 23,371 cases studied by a special committee.
Turaiji added that the committee proved that large numbers of the bedoons examined had documents proving they are from other countries, mainly Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Syria and Iran. “According to the central apparatus for illegal residents’ statistics, bedoons’ numbers dropped to 93,000 after the Iraqi occupation,” he underlined.
Turaiji added that some citizens had even got their citizenship through forgery and hailed the efforts recently exerted by the interior minister and his assistant undersecretary for citizenship and passports Maj Gen Mazen Al-Jarrah in discovering several forgeries committed over the past years.
“He even found that some Kuwaiti siblings did not know one another,” he added, noting that the citizenship department had been recently arresting people who got citizenship through forgery and paying considerable sums to add people to citizens’ files as their children. “Kuwaiti citizenship has become an item for sale,” he said.