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ENS Good Practice Guide on Statelessness Determination and the Protection Status of Stateless Persons

Published: December 2013

This ENS guide draws on good practice examples from those states that already have dedicated statelessness determination procedures in place, and is intended to provide practical support to states considering the establishment of such a specific mechanism, or who wish to improve their existing system.

The guide is also of value to international and civil society organisations, as well as academics, who are committed to advocate for better protection standards for stateless persons. It addresses six key areas which states should consider in the process of building a national determination and protection regime for stateless persons. The issues cover the entire spectrum of determination and protection, from basic questions of structure and access through to procedural factors, evidentiary assessment, and finally appeal and status related considerations.

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