The International Observatory on Statelessness


According to the U.S. Department of State, all Palestinians in Jordan have Jordanian citizenship with the exception of about 130,000 refugees originally from the Gaza Strip, which was administered by Egypt until 1967. Jordanian law prohibits married women from transferring their citizenship to their children or husbands. Non-Jordanian men married to Jordanian women must establish 15 years of permanent residency to apply for citizenship and often this process takes several years longer. Non-married women may pass their citizenship to their children with the consent of the Council of Ministers. In most cases they are granted this right, except when the father is of Palestinian descent. Children born to Jordanian mothers and non-citizen Palestinian fathers, married or not, are rendered stateless and are unable to access basic government services.