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Deprivation of British citizenship

Deprivation of British citizenship

  • 19/04/2017
  • Answered by Red Square London’s Immigration Specialist, Oliver Westmoreland – Ответил наш Специалист по Иммиграционным Вопросам, Оливер Вестморлэнд
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IMMIGRATION BLOG

Deprivation of British citizenship

aaa19 April 2017

Readers will no doubt be aware of the appalling events happening in Syria. President Assad has carried out various atrocities, and perhaps one day he will be called to account.

His wife, Asma al-Assad, was born and privately educated in the UK and she holds dual British and Syrian nationality. She has consistently supported her husband’s regime, as a result of which some British MPs have called on the Home Secretary to deprive her of her British citizenship.

Does the Home Secretary have the power to do this? Yes, she does. Under amendments made to the British Nationality Act 1981, she is able to do so, “if satisfied that deprivation is conducive to the public good”. Some MPs have made the argument that it would indeed to conducive to the public good.

The Home Secretary has broad powers to deprive a person of British citizenship, in some cases even if this would render a person stateless, but in Mrs al-Assad’s case this would not in any case happen because of her dual nationality.

There is surely a good case to be made for the Home Secretary to do so.

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