“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.

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    An Update on Statelessness Determination and Status in the UK - "Need for Fair and Timely Decisions"

    30 September 2016 | Cynthia Orchard, Legal Policy Officer at Asylum Aid

    Some stateless persons living in the UK face harsh realities. Most stateless people without legal status cannot leave the UK because no country will accept them, but without status and without permission to work, they are vulnerable to destitution, homelessness, depression, and exploitation. Their circumstances may cause them to be separated from their families, and, as discussed in a forthcoming ENS report on detention of stateless persons in the UK, sometimes they are detained for years.

  • Citizenship Rights in Africa Initiative - Homepage

    Introducing the Citizenship Rights Africa website

    20 September 2016 | Bronwen Manby, Senior Visiting Fellow at the LSE Centre for the Study of Human Rights

    Readers of the European Network on Statelessness blog may be interested in the newly relaunched website Citizenship Rights in Africa Initiative. The website is intended as a resource for activists working for the eradication of statelessness and the realisation of the right to a nationality in Africa, providing them with comparative data and facilitating collaboration through information exchange about what others are doing.

  • South African courts confirm the right to nationality of a stateless child

    South African courts confirm the right to nationality of a stateless child - 20 year old legal principle protecting stateless children is finally implemented

    13 September 2016 | Liesl Muller, Head of the Statelessness Project at Lawyers for Human Rights

    On 6 September 2016 a 4 year court battle of a stateless child to access South African citizenship came to an end. Even though South African law provides citizenship by birth to stateless children born in the territory, Daniella had to spend 4 of her 8 years fighting to be recognised.

  • Diana Ilareva

    Bulgaria is introducing a statelessness determination procedure. Or is it?

    8 September 2016 | Dr. Valeria Ilareva, Foundation for Access to Rights - FAR

    On the surface, yes, Bulgaria is for the first time introducing a statelessness determination procedure in its national legislation. But scratch a bit deeper and it’s obvious that the qualification criteria threshold is so high that it renders the new protection provisions practically inapplicable.

  • ENS is going on holiday

    ENS blog is going on holiday

    3 August 2016 | ENS Team

    ENS blog will be taking a short break until September, when it'll be back with a weekly dose of news and updates on statelessness and nationality law from across Europe.

    Meanwhile, here's a video with Zhirair's insipiring testimony from the UNHCR-NGOs Consultations we attended in June.

    Happy holidays to everyone!

  • Yana Toom, MEP

    The fight for voting rights of stateless persons in Estonia and Latvia

    27 July 2016 | Yana Toom, Member of the European Parliament (ALDE)

    Three Members of the European Parliament have bundled their powers in the fight for voting rights of stateless persons in Estonia and Latvia.

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    Problems Faced by the Bidoons in the UK

    21 July 2016 | Nasser Al-Anezy, Chair and director of the Kuwaiti Community Association & Katia Bianchini, Max Planck Institute for Religious Studies and Ethnic Diversity

    The word ‘Bidoon’ refers to a diverse group of people in Kuwait who at the time of the country's move to independence were not given nationality. When the British ended the protectorate in 1961, about one-third of the population was given nationality on the grounds of being ‘founding fathers’ of the new state, another third were naturalised as citizens, and the rest were considered to be bidoon jinsiya—or ‘without nationality’.

  • ENS Youth Ambassadors

    Young ambassadors from across Europe take on the challenge of tackling childhood statelessness

    15 July 2016 | Deirdre Brennan, ENS Youth Ambassador for UK and Ireland

    35 young people, 3 days, a host of statelessness experts and all set against a backdrop of Belgian waffles and some exceptional sunny weather – reflections on the fun, work and fascination at the first ever Youth Congress on Statelessness.

  • The Black Box of Nationality - Report cover

    The Black Box of Nationality – Testing refugees’ and stateless persons’ facilitated access to nationality through the example of Hungary

    8 July 2016 | Gabor Gyulai, Director of the Refugee Programme at the Hungarian Helsinki Committee, and a Trustee and President of the European Network on Statelessness

    Refugees and stateless persons have “more right” than others to the nationality of the country where they live. At least, this is what international law – the 1951 Refugee Convention, the 1954 Statelessness Convention and the 1997 European Convention on Nationality – says. But how to measure whether a certain state lives up to these obligations?

  • Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion - Toolkit for protecting the right of every child to a nationality

    A new toolkit for protecting the right of every child to a nationality

    29 June 2016 | Laura van Waas, Co-Director of the Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion

    196 states have signed on to the international obligations contained in the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). That’s as good as it gets in terms of the reach of a binding human rights treaty.


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