Iran to grant citizenship to families of foreigners killed while fighting for the country

Published May 2nd, 2016 - 10:30 GMT
Citizenship means security, stability, and a passport. (Shutterstock)
Citizenship means security, stability, and a passport. (Shutterstock)

AFP reports that Iran passed a law that gives the Iranian government permission to grant citizenship to the families of foreigners who are killed while fighting for the country. 

"Members of the parliament authorized the government to grant Iranian citizenship to the wife, children and parents of foreign martyrs who died on a mission... during the Iran-Iraq war (1980-1988) and afterwards," the law stated.

According to AFP, family members must submit a formal request, and citizenship will be granted "within a maximum period of one year after the request", as the law states. 

While numbers of foreign fighters have not been released, many immigrants from Afghanistan and Pakistan have joined Iranian forces to fight Daesh and al-Nusra Front in Syria and Iraq. 

While Iran denies official troops in Syria and Iraq, the country has "military advisors" and "volunteers" in both countries.

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