The International Observatory on Statelessness

Saudi Arabia

Bidun are denied passports and other basic rights. As a result, they remain the poorest and most marginalized members of Saudi society.

Saudi women are not allowed to pass their citizenship along to their children. Therefore, if they are married to non-nationals, their children face statelessness.

Palestinians in Saudi Arabia, who number about 287,000, mostly have only legal residence status. The UN does not formally recognize or assist them. Therefore, they are not entitled to the basic protections that citizens or refugees are granted.