NOT CIT­I­ZEN ENOUGH

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To be­come a nat­u­ralised Qatar, an ap­pli­cant must have Resided in Qatar for 25 suc­ces­sive years, and must not have resided out­side Qatar for more than two con­sec­u­tive months dur­ing any one of those 25 years and been a le­gal resident for the du­ra­tion. Suf­fi­cient means of in­come gen­er­a­tion. Main­tained a good rep­u­ta­tion and demon­strated good be­hav­iour. Not com­mit­ted any crim­i­nal act or act of “moral turpi­tude”. A fair com­mand of the Ara­bic lan­guage. This is part of the law that is a bit am­bigu­ous but nat­u­ralised Qataris do seem to have fewer rights than nat­u­ral born Qataris. For ex­am­ple, nat­u­ralised ci­ti­zens can be stripped of their cit­i­zen­ship if linked to cer­tain be­hav­iours like com­mit­ting a crime within five years of get­ting cit­i­zen­ship. Other ar­eas where dis­crim­i­na­tion was ap­par­ent were the im­me­di­ate ac­cess to public sec­tor em­ploy­ment, the right to vote and stand for elec­tions, etc.

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