President Obama presented one way to deal with illegal immigrants, but Kuwait has another solution: buy them citizenship in another country. As the AFP reports:
Tens of thousands of stateless people in oil-rich Kuwait will be offered citizenship of the impoverished African nation of Comoros to end their decades-old problem, the government said Sunday.The stateless people — known as bidoons — would be granted “special applications for Comoros’ economic citizenship,” Kuwait’s interior ministry assistant undersecretary Major-General Mazen al-Jarrah told Al-Jarida daily.Those who accept the offer would be given free residence permits in Kuwait, in addition to a series of incentives like free education and healthcare and the right to employment, Jarrah was quoted as saying.
Even as Kuwait offers Comoran citizenship to its stateless residents, the government has been forced to introduce shelters for abused foreign workers. The issue highlights the extraordinary difficulties faced by migrants working in the Persian Gulf. The Australian Walk Free Foundation, which publishes the Global Slavery Index, reckons that more than 250,000 people live in conditions of slavery in the Gulf. The issue has been particularly controversial for Qatar, where more than 1000 migrants have died constructing the facilities for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Despite promises of reform, the Qatari government has dragged its feat.It’s painfully ironic that some of the richest countries in the world, with enough cash to fund absurd mega projects to boost their international reputations, are nonetheless having that prestige destroyed by their treatment of the very workers who build those projects.