“Everyone has the right to a nationality”


The blog entries represent the views of the authors but not those of the Network, unless otherwise noted.

  • Photo by Greg Constanine

    Legally Invisible in Serbia

    25 February 2015

    Just outside the front door of their shack in an informal Roma settlement in central Belgrade, Serbia, 15-year-old Deni and his six brothers and sisters gather around their mother and grandmother for a group photograph.  The children goof around with each other, as children naturally do.  A few moments pass, then Deni turns and tells all of them to straighten up for a minute and look at the camera.  The shutter clicks.  Almost immediately everyone returns to their previous activities.  Two of his brothers run back through the muddy street...

  • Why Malta needs to accede to the UN Statelessness Conventions

    18 February 2015

    “If I was granted citizenship now, it would be like having been inside this room for twelve years [referring to a very small and crammed counselling room], and then someone opens the door.” Quis, stateless Syrian Kurd in Malta for 12 years with his family.

  • Statelessness in Italy: What’s next?

    11 February 2015

    “It is time to give voice to the strangers among strangers”.

    With these words, journalist Gad Lerner introduced the first public meeting on Statelessness held on the 10th October 2014, organized by the Human Rights Commission of the Italian Senate in partnership with the UNHCR Regional Representation for Southern Europe and the Italian Council for Refugees (CIR).

  • Strategically litigating statelessness: ENS’s three-year strategy

    2 February 2015

    The European Network on Statelessness (ENS) is launching its three-year litigation strategy, based on the belief that part of the fight to end statelessness in Europe must happen in court. 

    Statelessness in Europe is exacerbated by States’ failure to live up to commitments they have made (directly or indirectly) at international and European levels to respect the rights of stateless people, as well as because of misunderstandings about those commitments that need clarification by judges. 

  • What (more) can the EU do to help address statelessness in its external human rights action?

    26 January 2015

    As international interest in tackling statelessness grows, a question that repeatedly surfaces is: what role can X organisation, Y country or even Z individual play in helping to promote solutions?

  • Adding the voice of National Human Rights Institutions towards ending statelessness in Europe

    20 January 2015

    ‘A baby is born stateless every ten minutes’. This powerful image underlines UNHCR’s ‘I belong’ campaign, launched in November 2014, and aimed at ending the devastating legal limbo of statelessness, which affects millions of people around the world.

  • EU Citizenship at the Crossroads - Enhancing European Cooperation in Nationality and Fundamental Rights

    13 January 2015

    And, in reference to today’s more specific discussion, I note that people who lose their citizenship or have it taken from them are often described as being “quarantined” or as having fallen between two stools, existing and not existing at the same time. Their experiences of public administration will no doubt have been intensely frustrating as they get so far only to be rejected because their status isn’t accounted for in a drop-down menu on a computer screen.

  • The Road to Dignity Beyond Status: Responding to the Secretary-General’s Synthesis Report on the Post-2015 Agenda

    5 January 2015

    Today’s world is a troubled world: one in turmoil and turbulence, with no shortage of painful political upheavals. Societies are under serious strain, stemming from the erosion of our common values, climate change and growing inequalities, to migration pressures and borderless pandemics. … Simply put, this generation is charged with a duty to transform our societies.

    Ban Ki Moon, Synthesis Report on the post-2015 agenda, 2014

  • The World’s Stateless: a new report on why size does and doesn’t matter

    15 December 2014

    Today, the Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion launched its inaugural World’s Stateless report. The report focuses largely on the question of statistical reporting on statelessness, with a hope to contribute to a better sense of the task of ending statelessness by 2014: knowing who and where the stateless are and how many people are afflicted by statelessness in the world today can help to inform the campaign to end statelessness.

  • Finland – a champion in the making in addressing statelessness?

    12 December 2014

    The UNHCR study Mapping Statelessness in Finland was launched on 18 November, following similar studies already published in a number of European countries. The study in Finland is part of UNHCR Northern Europe’s work undertaken in preparation of the Global Action Plan to End Statelessness  and the first one of the studies conducted in all eight Nordic and Baltic countries to be published. 


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