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[STUDY] About 29% Qatari university students feel with marriage comes restrictions

[STUDY] About 29% Qatari university students feel with marriage comes restrictions

Over a quarter of Qatari students interviewed in a survey were of an opinion that marriage would curtail their freedom and leads to financial problems.

The survey was conducted by the Research and Social Studies Department of the Social Development Centre with the sample size of 269 students. The age group was 16-25 years. About 48% of the respondents were married. However, at least 71 percent of the respondents were positive about marriage.

According to Qatar Social Statistics for the year 2003-2012, the marriage rate (number of marriages per 1000 individuals aged 15 years and above) among Qataris showed a decline in 2010. In 2003, the rate for both males and females were above 30. However in 2010, it declined to 24.2 for males and 23.5 for females. In 2012, it increased to 26.3 and 25.1 for males and females respectively.

Meanwhile, the mean age at first marriage for Qataris also showed a decline over the same period. For males, it dropped from 27.3 years to 26.2, while for females from 24.1 to 23.

A vast majority of female students (92%) were not ready to marry a man who had a wife, according to the survey findings published in The Peninsula. Regarding choice of spouse, 88% said they preferred compatriots, while 77% said they wouldn’t consider a non-GCC Arab as spouse.

In a Qatar Monthly Statistics for April 2014, released by the ministry of Development Planning and Statistics, a total of 319 marriages were surveyed in the month. From these, 56% wives were Qataris, while 54% husbands were Qataris.

When a Qatari woman marries a foreigner

The current law in Qatar doesn’t grant children of Qatari mothers married to non-Qatari men, a ‘Qatari’ citizenship. In fact, according to Law No.38 of 2005, citizenship is determined by ‘blood ties’, or in other words, nationality of the father.

In a column for JustHere, writer Nofe Al Suwaidi questions the rights of children born to Qatari mothers and non-Qatari fathers.

“The laws set in place controlling the citizenship process are outdated, non-representative of views and values of the public and they shamefully do not reflect the reality,” she writes.

“This is not a question of lineage or ‘blood ties’ as the state refers to it; this is a matter of civil rights. Every citizen regardless of gender, should and must have the same rights in regards to the transferring and acquisition of citizenship to their children and/or spouses.”

Read the full article here.

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