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Kuwait grants citizenship to a fraction of the Bidun pop.

Kuwait grants citizenship to a fraction of the Bidun pop.

Old Mar 22nd 2013, 4:16 am
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Default Kuwait grants citizenship to a fraction of the Bidun pop.

About 4000 Bidun will get citizenship out of a claimed Bidun pop. of 106,000.

Who are the Bidun?
Are some of them Bedouin Arabs of the region?
Are most Bidun ethnically the same as Kuwaiti locals?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-21857431
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Default Re: Kuwait grants citizenship to a fraction of the Bidun pop.

Fixed borders are a modern innovation. If you look after sheep in a desrt climate youmovearound. That is what the Beddouin did until very recently. Many groupks moved between Iraq, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. When Kuwait becaem independent in 1961 many did not take out Kuwaiti natioinality. Today many on the Saudi side of the border claim to be both Saudi and Kuwaiti.

There are large numbers within Kuwait who are in effect statel;ess since they have no papers from the Kuwaiti State acknowledging their nationality.

"Bidun" is simply the Arabic proepostion meaning"without", and these people are "without nationality".
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Yeah I gathered that many of them would be semi nomadic Arab pastoralists of the region but some time ago I read online claims by some Kuwaiti locals (could have been Kuwati government sources) that many of these people are simply foreigners from outside the region who settled in Kuwait decades ago and hide their origins to claim Kuwaiti citizenship.
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