May: Jihadists fighting in Syria to be 'stripped of nationality'

Theresa May is to strip jihadists fighting in Syria of their British nationality. Up to 240 Britons are believed to be in Syria and she has targeted 20 dual-nationals using "deprivation of citizenship orders", which take immediate effect.

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Jihadists fighting in Syria to be 'stripped of nationality'

The Home Secretary has stepped up the use of powers to strip jihadists fighting in Syria of their British nationality, it emerged tonight.

Up to 240 Britons are believed to be in Syria and Theresa May has targeted 20 dual-nationals this year using "deprivation of citizenship orders", which take immediate effect.

Theresa May seeks to hike up powers to strip jihadists of British citizenship. Credit: REUTERS/Shaam News Network/Handout

It marks a rapid increase in the use of the powers, which had only previously been deployed 17 times in two and a half years, records uncovered by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism and published in The Independent show.

Almost all of the orders made this year, which do not need judicial approval, were issued while the jihadists were overseas, it found.

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