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Children of Saudi women married to foreign men may get scholarships

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The Ministry of Higher Education is considering to grant scholarships to the children of Saudi women married to non-Saudis, Makkah daily reported on Tuesday quoting informed sources.

The sources said there will be no problem in including this category of students in the scholarship program on condition that they meet the terms and conditions formulated by the ministry.

They, however, did not explain the terms and conditions. The Council of Ministers ordered that the children of Saudi mothers and foreign fathers should get the same treatment as original Saudis, especially in education, health and work.

According to some statistics issued by the Saudi Minister of Labor, 1,988 Saudi women married foreign men in 2011 — 548 from Makkah, 543 from Riyadh, and 490 from the Eastern Province.

The report revealed that Yemenis ranked first among foreign men who married Saudi women as their number reached 456, followed by Kuwaitis with 351 marriages, Qataris 247, Syrian 149, Emiratis 124, Egyptians 111, Lebanese 66, and Pakistanis with 46 marriages.

According to the report, eight Americans, seven Brits and Europeans, and three Turks married Saudi women in the same year.

(This article was initially published in Saudi Gazette on June 25, 2014)