“Everyone has the right to a nationality”

Ending childhood statelessness?

ENS launches its report on Preventing Childhood Statelessness: Issues, Gaps and Good Practices

Read ENS’s submission to the European Commission

ENS responds to an EU consultation on the future of EU Home Affairs Policy

ENS launches Good Practice Guide!

To mark Human Rights Day ENS launches Good Practice Guide on Statelessness Determination and the Protection Status of Stateless Persons.

ENS launches new campaign!

Today ENS launches a year-long campaign to protect stateless persons in Europe which will culminate with a dedicated day of action on 14 October 2014.

Ending childhood statelessness?
Read ENS’s submission to the European Commission
ENS launches Good Practice Guide!
ENS launches new campaign!

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Statelessness affects more than 12 million people around the world and at least 600,000 in Europe alone. To be stateless is to not be recognized as a citizen by any state. It is a legal anomaly that often prevents people from accessing fundamental civil, political, economic, cultural and social rights.

The European Network on Statelessness is a civil society alliance committed to address statelessness in Europe. We believe that all human beings have a right to a nationality and that those who lack nationality altogether are entitled to adequate protection.

In Europe, statelessness occurs both among recent migrants and among people who have lived in the same place for generations. Most countries in the region frequently encounter stateless persons in their asylum systems. In the Balkans and elsewhere many Roma remain stateless as a result of ethnic discrimination. Statelessness is also a continuing reminder of the break-up of the Soviet Union.

Despite the scale of the problem, most European countries have no framework to effectively deal with statelessness and tackling this requires major law and policy reform. The European Network on Statelessness is dedicated to strengthening the often unheard voice of stateless persons in Europe and to advocate for full respect of their human rights.

  • Too often, stateless people

    lead invisible lives – more must be done to identify this vulnerable population

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