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  • 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. 

  • A welcome first step towards tackling statelessness in Poland

    4 December 2014

    This year Poland celebrates 25 years of freedom, an anniversary marked by the country’s first democratic vote, the end of communist regime and embracing the international human rights standards. Still, as of 2014 Poland remains a member of an exclusive club of states (alongside Malta, Cyprus and Estonia) still not party to either of the UN Statelessness Conventions.

  • Stateless Voices

    28 November 2014

    There are around 600.000 stateless people in Europe and the US. Without protection from a government, they are often denied basic rights. The project Stateless Voices tells some of their stories.

  • 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).

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  • #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.


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