A Moroccan living for a century in Algeria and who fought for independence would find it difficult to be naturalized

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Algerian authorities have still not granted nationality to Mohamed Boulkacem, a Moroccan who has settled in Algeria since 1920 and who participated in the war of independence, indicates the newspaper Liberté which specifies that his 13 children are also in the same situation.

While he had settled since 1920 in the region of Greater Kabylia in Algeria, a Moroccan who participated in the war of national liberation (1954-1962), during which he had known and worked with two famous revolutionary leaders from Kabylia, is still not naturalized Algerian by the authorities, reports the daily Liberté. Her 13 children are also in the same situation and wish to “carry the nationality of the country” for which their father fought.
It is about Mohamed Boulkacem who lives for a century in the village of Taguenits, in the daïra (department) of Aïn El Hammam, in the wilaya (region) of Tizi Ouzou. It was at Aïn El Hammam and Illoula Oumalou that he took part in the war against French colonialism and where he worked with two heads of Wilaya III.

“He even worked with Hocine Aït Ahmed and Colonel Amirouche”, testify to friends of his cited by the daily. These feats of arms earned him a certificate issued by the municipal authorities “recognizing him as a former maquisard,” said the same source.

Mohammed Boulkacem had 13 children, all married and living in the same region. They are in the same situation as their father.

“They too want to benefit from the nationality of the country that their father had chosen and for which he sacrificed,” the daily said.

What does Algerian law say?

According to article 10 of the Algerian nationality code, foreigners who apply for it and who meet the conditions are eligible for naturalization: have had their residence in Algeria for at least seven years on the day of the request, have his residence in Algeria at the time of signing the decree granting naturalization, to be of full age, to be of good character and to have been the subject of no shameful conviction, to justify an adequate livelihood , to be healthy in body and mind and to justify its assimilation to the Algerian community.

In addition, despite the conditions laid down in article 10, article 11 states that “may naturalize the foreigner who has rendered exceptional services to Algeria or whose disability or illness has been contracted in service or in the interest of Algeria ”. “The spouse and children of the deceased foreigner, who could have entered the category provided for in the first paragraph above during their lifetime, may apply for their naturalization posthumously, at the same time as their application for naturalization”, add the same article.

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