“Everyone has the right to a nationality”


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  • Launch of ENS Campaign - None of Europe’s children should be stateless

    20 November 2014

    He has your infectious smile and your partners bright, warm eyes. He shares your jovial nature and your partner’s ease in connecting with people and making them laugh.  He is intelligent, generous, kind – and a little mischievous. You swell with pride as you watch him play thoughtfully with his toy cars, his imagination transforming your living room floor into a world of adventure. You love him in a way that you find hard to put into words and that has caught you by surprise. Life without him is now unimaginable.

  • Litigating Strategically: Stateless children born in the EU

    12 November 2014

    Does a child born in the EU, who would have been an EU citizen had the Member State of birth complied with its international obligations, but who is stateless instead, fall within the scope of EU law? This post suggests a strategy for seeking an answer to this question from the European Court of Justice (hereinafter: ECJ).

    The problem

  • #IBELONG in Europe - UNHCR launches campaign to end statelessness

    6 November 2014

    “You are a shadow here. Just a shadow. You pass by and no-one sees you. You have no rights” – Nusret, a stateless man in Montenegro

    UNHCR this week launched our Global Campaign to End Statelessness within ten years. This is an ambitious goal, but one that can be achieved in Europe.

  • Why a campaign to end statelessness matters

    4 November 2014

    The 4th of November is a momentous day on which the UNHCR led #ibelong campaign to end statelessness by 2024 was launched. To mark this day, in a departure from the usual weekly blog, we present a note on why a campaign to end statelessness matters, not only to those working directly on the issue, but to the world at large.

  • Kim v Russia – The unlawful detention of stateless persons in immigration proceedings

    30 October 2014

    The recent training on statelessness provided on 24 October 2014 by the European Network on Statelessness and UNHCR in conjunction with Memorial in Moscow, provides a timely moment to assess the contribution made to the protection of stateless persons from arbitrary detention in recent case law emanating from the situation in Russia.

  • Inter-American Court condemns unprecedented situation of statelessness in the Dominican Republic

    27 October 2014

    On October 22nd, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (I-A Court) published its judgment in the Case of Expelled Dominican and Haitian people vs Dominican Republic. The case involved 6 families who were expelled from that country between 1999 and 2000. Out of the 26 victims, only five individuals were Haitian nationals.

  • “A small step, perhaps, but a move in the right direction to help 600,000 people find somewhere to call home”

    16 October 2014

    This is how CNN reported on the European Network on Statelessness (ENS) campaign to protect stateless persons in Europe after we handed over our online petition at an event in the European Parliament on Tuesday evening.

  • The face of statelessness?

    Including the Stateless

    6 October 2014

    You are ushered into a tastefully decorated room. Gently. (As if you are so fragile you might break.) Seated in the room is a benevolent looking foreigner who stands up with a compassionate smile and greets you in a foreign language. You cannot understand the words, but the gesture is a funny mix of welcoming, awkward and sympathetic. The person who brought you – who you know, who speaks your language and who has tried to help you in the past – acts as interpreter. The foreigner is an important person doing some important research....

  • Statelessness among children in Latvia: current situation, challenges and possible solutions

    29 September 2014

    Although about 96% of all permanently residing children in Latvia are Latvian citizens, the statelessness among non-citizens’ children has attracted much attention by both domestic and international observers.

  • 300 participants, 70 countries, 1 topic: The First Global Forum on Statelessness

    24 September 2014

    Reassuring and invigorating – giving a sense that, together, progress really is achievable on statelessness

    A unique opportunity to interact with experts who are normally dispersed all around the world

    A chance to look at old questions in new ways and to pose new questions that have not been explored before



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