Sudan revokes citizenship of thousands of Syrians

According to Erm News and Citizenship Rights in Africa Initiative, the transitional government of Sudan has stripped thousands of naturalised foreigners, including Syrians.

The official statement of the government of Sudan noted that foreigners whose citizenship has been revoked had obtained the Sudanese nationality in “illegitimate ways during the era of the ousted President Omar Al-Bashir.”

The same statement also noted that the Sudanese Interior Ministry had called on all naturalised citizens from 2014 to 2019 “to visit the ministry’s Passports and Immigration office”, and highlighted that all naturalised citizenships issued after last year would be “stripped from their holder”.

A number of Syrians who are naturalised citizens told local media that the measures had caused them “material damage, especially investors and businessmen, who could no longer liquidate their businesses and bank accounts.”