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Georgia Armenians Get Armenian Citizenship En Masse

December 27, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

More than 20,000 ethnic Armenians from Georgia have become citizens of Armenia in the last three years despite a Georgian legal ban on dual citizenship, immigration authorities in Yerevan said on Thursday.

Hovannes Kocharian, head of the police Department on Passports and Visas, told RFE/RL’s Armenian service (Azatutyun.am) that nearly 6,500 of them received Armenian passports this year and some 13,600 others in 2011 and 2010.

Kocharian acknowledged that this could put them at odds with the authorities in Georgia where the constitution and laws do not allow dual citizenship. “Such individuals could have problems in Georgia,” he said. “They may well face a loss of Georgian citizenship.”

“We don’t refuse [dual citizenship] to anyone on the grounds that they are citizens of another state,” added the official.

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