UAE starts identifying children born to foreign mothers

ABU DHABI - The United Arab Emirates has begun identifying children of UAE fathers and foreign mothers in different countries under a new integration programme, the WAM news agency reported Sunday.

A committed formed under the “identity-inclusion programme” by the interior ministry is currently in Cairo examining documents of children born to Egyptian mothers, the report said.

“The committee examined 22 files of children of UAE fathers who will latter be subjected to special programme… for integrating them into the UAE community,” committee chairman Major General Nasser Al Menhali said.

“The integration programme will be launched after the committee completes interviews with the targeted cases in a number of countries,” said Al Menhali, who is also the acting director general of the UAE’s naturalisation and residency department.

“The would-be UAE citizens will go under a series of educational, social and health orientation programmes to learn UAE customs, traditions, heritage and values that will smoothen their integration into UAE society,” he added.

The committee, he said, would travel from Egypt to Syria Tuesday to look into a number of cases there.

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