‘84,711 Jordanian women married to foreigners’

07-01-2014 01:46 PM

Ammon News - AMMONNEWS - A total of 84,711 Jordanian women are married to foreigners, according to Interior Ministry figures revealed on Monday.

A statement issued by the Interior Ministry in response to a question by Deputy Zakaria Sheikh (Islamic Centrist Party list), showed that these women have 338,000 children.

Under the Citizenship Law, Jordanian women cannot pass on their nationality to their children and spouses, a right that only Jordanian men enjoy.
These women face various difficulties, such as obtaining visas and residency permits for their husbands and children, who need them to enrol in private or public schools, shuttling between police stations and health centres every year to get security clearances and medical reports.

In November last year, the government formed a ministerial committee headed by Interior Minister Hussein Majali to examine the possibility of granting civil rights to children of Jordanian women with foreign husbands.

Government officials have said in the past that the decision not to allow these women to pass on their nationality is “solely political”.

Individuals and entities that oppose granting citizenship to family members of these women, particularly those with Palestinian husbands, say such a measure will only work to ensure “Israel’s ultimate plan of creating a substitute homeland for Palestinians in Jordan”.

* Jordan Times

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