More West Papuans granted citizenship

PORT MORESBY, 22 AUGUST 2018 (THE NATIONAL) – Nine people from West Papua – all members of one family living in Madang – have been granted PNG citizenships.

Minister for Immigrations and Border Security Petrus Thomas handed over to the nine members of the Kadam family their certificates.

Recently 40 West Papuans living in Lae received their citizenship certificates. It is expected that 60 in Vanimo will be given theirs next week.

Thomas said 1259 West Papuans were granted PNG citizenship last year.

“There are processes to follow to get citizenship and the application is open to all,” he said.

Thomas said West Papuans had ran away from the continuous fighting in their country to PNG as refugees.

He said the Government had accepted their reason for leaving their country. The Government also scrapped the K10,000 (US$3,073) fee each had to pay to apply for PNG citizenship

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