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Thailand to grant citizenship to 3 Tham Luang cave survivors

THAI authorities will grant citizenship to three of the 12 youth footballers who were rescued from the Tham Luang cave this week after it was found that they were stateless children. The status of their nationalities was highlighted during the weeks-long ordeal where the Wild Boars team was trapped in the deep flooded cave in Chiang Rai, and now that they have been rescued, the government is looking to provide them legal assistance to verify their status. The Interior Ministry and the Children and Youth Department said the three would be granted citizenship as early as within six months if there were no complications in their documents, The Nation reported. SEE ALSO: Twitter abuzz with jokes on Thai Cave rescue movie’s ‘whitewashing’  According to the ministry, the three survivors, Ekkapol Chantawong, Phonchai Khamluang, and Adul Sam-on, all aged between 11 and 13, are among 500,000 stateless people living in Thailand. Due...

 

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