“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.

  • Risks of statelessness for children of undocumented parents in Europe

    16 February 2017 | Lilana Keith, Advocacy Officer on Children’s Rights and Labour Rights at PICUM

    A version of this article was first published in the Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion’s the World's Stateless 2017 report.

  • #StatelessKids - Every child has the right to a nationality

    Child refugees without nationality - A short overview of statelessness policy and practice in Spain

    9 February 2017 | Aleksandra Semeriak Gavrilenok, ENS Associate member

    Amira lived in Aleppo together with her husband and their two children when the conflict in Syria began. On several occasions, they thought about leaving the city, but it wasn’t until her husband’s disappearance that Amira decided to hastily flee to Lebanon. From there they would continue the journey on to Europe via North Africa. At the time of her husband’s disappearance, Amira was two months pregnant. Her son, Mohammed, was born in a makeshift camp on the border between Algeria and Morocco.

  • Report Cover - The World Stateless Children

    The World’s Stateless Children: new report out now

    2 February 2017 | Laura van Waas, Co-Director of the Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion

    “The Invisible of the Invisible” – this is how the Chair of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, Benyam Dawit Mezmur, has described the world’s more than 6 million stateless children.

  • Building impetus with the EMN Platform on Statelessness

    26 January 2017 | Magnus Ovilius, EMN Chair and Adolfo Sommarribas, Coordinator EMN Platform on Statelessness

    Nationality, is an issue that affects us in many different aspects: it can serve as proof of a legal and political connection between an individual and a State or as a key element of one’s social identity and sense of belonging. Statelessness, on the contrary is the absence of nationality.

  • Stateless in the Netherlands

    China’s hidden children: denied documents and at risk of statelessness

    19 January 2017 | Stephanie Gordon, PhD candidate - University of Leicester

    Perched on a child-sized chair, I sat in a makeshift pre-school classroom situated on the ground floor of an apartment complex on the outskirts of Beijing. I was discussing with Ms. Cheng, the situation faced by a single mother in Beijing, 2014. Next to Ms. Cheng sat her four-and-a-half-year-old daughter, Xiao Cheng. Ms. Cheng was worried, because her daughter was approaching six years, the time to enter primary education, and Xiao Cheng lacked the documents necessary to enter a school in Beijing.

  • Statelessness in Georgia – how to make good laws better

    9 January 2017 | Max McClellan

    “We know our laws and policies on statelessness are good, but we want them to be perfect, tell us how we do that” – representative from Georgian Government agency.

  • Season’s greetings from everyone at ENS

    22 December 2016 | ENS Team

    Dear Reader,

    Thank you for following ENS updates on statelessness and nationality law in 2016. It's been a very busy and successful year, in great part thanks to our membership, youth ambassadors and our partners who've worked with us to help make real progress on tackling statelessness.

    We’ll be taking a short 2 week break, and are resuming our blog on the week of the 9th January.

    In the mean time, we wish you all the best for 2017.

  • Report cover: Protecting stateless persons from arbitrary detention in Ukraine

    The situation of stateless persons in Ukraine: is there light at the end of the tunnel?

    20 December 2016 | Ostap Tymchiy, Advocate, Expert on migration at The Right to Protection in partnership with HIAS

    “I am not a criminal. I am an educated person, I must have more rights. This detention looks like criminal detention but I am not a criminal”.

  • Halina Niec Legal Aid Center - #StatelessKids camapig in Poland

    #StatelessKids in Poland – Giving stateless children a voice

    15 December 2016 | Katarzyna Przybysławska, Director of the Halina Niec Legal Aid Center

    Dear Mr President,

    There are many stateless people living in Poland. They have no chance of a normal life, they cannot access higher education or even rent an apartment. Did you know about this? I didn’t. Now that I do, I would like to ask you to make Poland sign the Convention Relating to the Status of Stateless Persons.


  • #StatelessKids in Slovenia – The Peace Institute and ENS Youth Ambassadors show innovation is key when speaking about statelessness to new audiences

    8 December 2016 | Katarina Vučko (Peace Institute Slovenia); Sara Horvat, Nina Markovič, Sara Bagari (ENS Youth Ambassadors)

    As part of a push to end childhood statelessness in Europe, ENS organised a region-wide campaign #StatelessKids to raise awareness and promote measures to ensure that children can realise their right to a nationality. In addition to the pan-European aspect of the campaign (which was covered on this blog) a wide range of activities were organies by ENS memebrs on the national level.


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