#StatelessKids in Slovenia – The Peace Institute and ENS Youth Ambassadors show innovation is key when speaking about statelessness to new audiences8 December 2016 | Katarina Vučko (Peace Institute Slovenia); Sara Horvat, Nina Markovič, Sara Bagari (ENS Youth Ambassadors)
As part of a push to end childhood statelessness in Europe, ENS organised a region-wide campaign #StatelessKids to raise awareness and promote measures to ensure that children can realise their right to a nationality. In addition to the pan-European aspect of the campaign (which was covered on this blog) a wide range of activities were organies by ENS memebrs on the national level.
30 November 2016 | Laura van Waas, Co-Director of the Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion
“A generation of Syrian children who don’t count”, “Refugee crisis creates ‘stateless generation’ of children in limbo”, “A right to exist: the stateless Syrian children” – these were some of the headlines...
24 November 2016 | Jean Lambert MEP and Manlio Di Stefano PACE Member
Should Europe be doing more to tackle childhood statelessness? Absolutely. To discuss how to push the issue further up the agenda and to find new ways of working together influential actors from the Council of Europe, European Parliament and civil society gathered together on 22 November at an evening reception in Strasbourg to mark the #StatelessKids campaign.
18 November 2016 | Dr. Valeria Ilareva, Foundation for Access to Rights - FAR
Tarek, a stateless person originating from Afghanistan, is counting down the days till 27 November. It's when he will have spent 18 months in immigration detention, the maximum time allowed under Bulgarian and European Union law. At that point he will have to be released. For all the time spent in detention the authorities haven't been able to deport him. He was never identified as stateless prior or during detention, but was registered as an Afghan national.
10 November 2016 | Katia Bianchini, ENS researcher & Max Planck Institute for Religious Studies and Ethnic Diversity (Goettingen, Germany)
“There are no human rights in the United Kingdom”, said Yassin, a stateless Bidoon from Kuwait in his late twenties. He came to the UK in 2007 to seek asylum but his claim was refused. Later he contacted the Kuwaiti embassy only to find out that he cannot apply for citizenship. He has been in the UK on temporary admission for nine years. He is frustrated and without any faith in the system which he thinks is unjust and arbitrary.
7 November 2016 | Marek Linha, Adviser at the Norwegian Organisation for Asylum Seekers (NOAS)
The Norwegian Ministry of Justice and Public Security has issued a new instruction to the immigration authorities to align their practice with Norway’s international obligations – making an important step towards ensuring that no child born in Norway remains stateless, following advocacy efforts made by the UNHCR and the Norwegian organization for Asylum Seekers (NOAS), with support provided by the European Network on Statelessness – including through its #StatelessKids campaign and using the...
2 November 2016 | Sarah Woodhouse and Judith Carter, in-house solicitors at Liverpool Law Clinic, University of Liverpool
The UK’s procedure for granting statelessness leave holds out a promise of protection to people who are stateless, but there is a danger that its potential will not be fulfilled and that stateless people in the UK will not benefit from it. Given the challenges faced by many stateless persons in the UK – many have no permission to work or access to benefits and some face lengthy periods of time in immigration detention - this is a serious matter.
Making the case for the role of young people and civil society in ending statelessness – ENS at the second anniversary of the #iBelong campaign28 October 2016 | Ivan Kochovski - ENS Youth Ambassador
“How lucky I was that the only obstacle in fulfilling my potential was myself. Whatever I did and wherever I went I did not have to prove who I am, only what I have done and what I can do. In stark contrast, children who are born stateless often cannot fulfill their potential and achieve their dreams. But this, as we have already heard, is a preventable problem and there are many things we can and must do to address it.”
Lack of data as an obstacle to addressing statelessness in the context of the refugee crisis in Germany19 October 2016 | Helena-Ulrike Marambio, Postgraduate Researcher - University of Essex
Getting a clear picture of the situation of stateless people in Germany is tricky because information provided by the authorities is scattered and incomplete. Moreover, the complexity of the domestic law, the absence of a dedicated statelessness determination procedure, and the German language pose several barriers for those wishing to navigate and/or understand the legal and administrative system.
- 12 October 2016 | Katja Swider, PhD researcher (University of Amsterdam) and Caia Vlieks, PhD researcher (Tilburg University)
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