“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.

  • Germany, Reichstag

    Lack of data as an obstacle to addressing statelessness in the context of the refugee crisis in Germany

    19 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.

  • Inage © Greg Constantine

    Proposal for legislation on statelessness in the Netherlands: A bittersweet victory

    12 October 2016 | Katja Swider, PhD researcher (University of Amsterdam) and Caia Vlieks, PhD researcher (Tilburg University)
  • Swing

    Invisible kids: Localising children’s right to a nationality

    4 October 2016 | Jason Tucker, Researcher and ENS Associate Member

    When we assess progress towards the goal of ending childhood statelessness, we often do so by dividing the world into nation-States. The introduction of safeguards into State’s citizenship laws, to prevent a child being born stateless, is often seen as the goal. Once in place we feel children are better protected. We can tick that State off the list and focus energy on other troublesome States without safeguards. However, upon hearing Faith’s story I began to question this approach.

  • Home office building

    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.

  • Photo: Greg Constantine

    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’.


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