143 former citizens have been allowed to resume their citizenship, Union Minister explains to Amyotha Hluttaw

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A TOTAL of 143 former citizens have been allowed to resume their Myanmar citizenship in accordance with the law, Labour, Immigration and Population Union Minister U Thein Swe explained to the Amyotha Hluttaw yesterday in connection with a query of the possible application for citizenship by former citizens.
The country has received a total of 198 applications submitted by former citizens to resume their citizenship since 2013, the union minister said, adding that the remaining applications would be processed.
The government has introduced a permanent residence system to help former citizens with the resumption of their citizenship and foreign technicians and investors with their business activities in the country. Permanent residency was granted to 264 of 319 foreign applicants from 29 January 2015 to 30 August this year.
Union Minister U Thein Swe pledged his ministry’s full cooperation with the parliament in the process of amending the country’s citizenship law.
U Khin Maung Lat of the Rakhine State constituency 3 inquired about the possible return of children and ancient objects to the monastic school in Sittwe from which they were taken. In connection with the issue, Home Affairs Deputy Minister Maj-Gen Aung Soe responded that 75 children found malnourished there were taken for medical treatment.
Of them, two children under five died from low birthweight and undernourishment, while 11 were adopted and 22 returned to their parents, the deputy minister said.
The remaining 40 children were transferred to the government’s childcare centres in Magway, Yangon, Mandalay and Sittwe. He said no to the handover of the children, stressing that they were considered children in need of care and protection by the state.
In connection with the handover of the ancient objects, Deputy Minister Maj-Gen Aung Soe said 13 Rakhine ancient silver coins were transferred to the National Museum in Nay Pyi Taw; a Japanese sword is being kept at the Department of Archaeological Research and National Museum in Sittwe; a pair of gold earrings, a gold hand chain and foreign currency is being kept at the Central Bank of |
Myanmar and five plots of land have been confiscated as public revenue.

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