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Shoura Council mulls nationality for children of Saudi mothers

‘It is currently very difficult for children of a Saudi mother and a non-Saudi father to obtain the nationality,’ a council member said

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Shoura (Consultative) Council members have suggested allowing children of Saudi mothers to obtain the country’s nationality regardless of their place of birth. Shoura Council member Ata Al-Subaiti said the nationality law has not been amended for 60 years.

“There have only been mild alterations in 2004 and 2007. The proposal aims to amend three articles in the nationality law. It is currently very difficult for children of a Saudi mother and a non-Saudi father to obtain the nationality,” said Al-Subaiti. Shoura Council Security Committee member Latifah Al-Shaalan said the proposal was put together by Ata Al-Subaiti, Haya Al-Minai and herself.

“The nationality law has not been amended for 60 years. The Kingdom’s economic, administrative and legal status has changed over time. We need to update the nationality law along with it. Children of Saudi mothers and non-Saudi fathers are deprived of many social and security rights because they do not have the Saudi nationality,” said Al-Shaalan.

She added the rate of Saudi women marrying non-Saudi men is rising. “A Saudi woman should have the right to grant her children the nationality. The current point system in place makes it very difficult to obtain the Saudi nationality,” said Al-Shaalan.

This article was first published the Saudi Gazette on November 03, 2016.