Kuwait's stateless people.
The suicide of a member of Kuwait's 'bidoon' (stateless) population after losing his job triggered protests by dozens of members of the community last month. In response, the speaker of parliament asserted that a “radical and fair” solution would be introduced in coming months.
- The issue has economic implications, given the large bidoon population which currently struggles to find work.
- Any action on this issue would have implications for neighbouring Gulf countries with similar populations.
- Changes to nationality laws would prompt debate over the practice of stripping individuals’ citizenship for political reasons.