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Flawed incentives system

Apr 05,2018 - Last updated at Apr 05,2018

The government has disclosed that an Iraqi national was granted the Jordanian citizenship after having complied with the fast track incentives way offered to non-Jordanians in order to qualify for citizenship.

This whole faster than usual method of obtaining citizenship depends on making the right amount of investment, such as making a deposit at the Central  Bank of Jordan in the amount of no less than $1.5 million, and investing in government treasury bonds.

To be sure many countries have similar schemes in place to attract investment in return for accelerating the receipt of citizenship. This is of course understandable, yet, there remains one flaw in this mechanism that the new legislation has not addressed. Citizenship means loyalty to the country, which requires taking an oath of this loyalty. This also means, by implications at least, that any new acquirer of the Jordanian citizenship must be aware of Jordan's history, its laws, culture and traditions.

Usually, nations which have in place such a short track for obtaining citizenship require applicants to take a written test and subject them to a vigorous oral examination that tests their sense of loyalty for their newly-adopted home country and knowledge of its cultural and political values.

One wonders if in the case of Jordan there are any such tests and probes before citizenship is granted on the basis of the fast track route. If Jordan does not, it should before it grants more citizenship to people who qualify on the basis of monetary investments

Jordan should not want citizens who know nothing about the country, especially its standards and major policy concerns, whether domestic or external.

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NICELY WRITTEN ARTICLE WHICH CLARIFYS THE AUTHENTIC WAY OF GETTING CITIZENSHIPS FROM ANY COUNTRY. HOWEVER THIS ARTICLE AVOIDED THE MOST TABOO IN JORDAN BUT THE UN-QUESTIONABLE STRAIGHT FOWARD WAY PEOPLE OBTAINS CITIZENSHIPS FROM MOST IF NOT ALL COUNTRIES ALL OVER THE WORLD AND IT IS CALLED CITIZENSHIP BY RIGHTS OF ALL CITIZENS WOMEN OR MEN. IRONICALLY, JORDAN EXILES THEIR WOMEN MARRIED TO NON JORDANIAN MEN AND THEIR FAMILIES WHILE JORDANIAN MEN CAN GO ANYWHERE ON EARTH, MARRY AS MANY WOMEN AS THEY WISH IN ADDITION TO CONCUBINES AND ALL HAVE THE JORDANIAN CITIZENSHIP. IN FACT THE SAID CASE OF FAST TRACK IS NOT ONY MAKING THE PROCESS A JOKE BUT AN INSULT TO ALL JORDANIAN WOMEN NO MATTER WHICH SIDE THEY ARE ON. IF JORDAN CAN EXILE THEIR GRAND CHILDREN BECAUSE THEIR FATHERS ARE NON JORDAIAN MEN, WHAT IS THE MEANING OF CITIZENSHIP WHEN SOME BLOOD-RELATIVE FAMILIES ARE DENIED THE RIGHTS OF THEIR MOTHER-LAND BUT CASH CUSTOMERS ARE WELCOMED WITH OPEN ARMS, NO TEST OF CULTURE, HISTORY OR EVEN ANY FORM OF TRANSPARENT SCREENING. PLEASE NOTE THE WORD " TRANSPAREN ". IF THIS IS NOT CASH AND CARRY, I WONDER HOW THE GOVERNMENT WILL DEFINE IT. JORDAN WANTS THE BRIBE OF CASH OR REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT FOR CITIZENSHIP BUT IGNORES THE THE INVESTIMENTS OF THEIR GRAND CHILDREN OR THEIR FOREIGN IN LAWS. THE SHAMELESS PART OF THIS EXERCISE IS THAT THE GOVERNMENT WAS PROUD ENOUGH TO GO TO THE PRESS AND TO BE PROUD OF THIS FIRST CENTURY WAY OF TREATING AND TOMENTING WOMEN. JORDAN WANTS FIRST CLASS BRAINS, PRODUCTIVE AND INVESTORS BUT TURN ITS BACK ON THEIR VERY BEST SUCCESSFUL GRANDCHILDREN BECAUSE OF GENDAPHOBIA THAT CAN NEVER BE DEFENDED BY LAWS, LIPSTICKS, FAITH, RACE OR RELIGION. THERE IS NO PLACE IN THE BIBLE OR KORAN THAT SUPPORTS THIS STRATIFICATINS AND EXCLUSSIONS. JORDAN IS A GREAT COUNTRY TO BE MAKING THIS TRAGIC ERRORS THAT HAS AN ENDLESS BUT CATASTROPHIC ECONOMIC CONSEQUENCIES. THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITIES MAY BE TURNING A BLIND EYES ON THIS NOW FOR THEIR SHORT TERM NEEDS AND GAINS BUT SOONER OR LATTER, THESE NEEDS AND GAINS WILL END.

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