“Everyone has the right to a nationality”

Catalyst for action - Our 2017 Annual Report

Read our 2017 Annual Report, which maps the continuing development of our Network as a catalyst for increased civil society action to tackle statelessness in Europe.

ENS launches the Statelessness Index

The Statelessness Index is a comparative tool that assesses European countries’ law, policy and practice on the protection of stateless people and the prevention and reduction of statelessness, against international norms and good practice.

It’s time to end the arbitrary detention of stateless people in Europe

Statelessness increases vulnerability to arbitrary arrest and detention.

Catalyst for action - Our 2017 Annual Report
ENS launches the Statelessness Index
It’s time to end the arbitrary detention of stateless people in Europe

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Statelessness affects more than 10 million people around the world and at least 600,000 in Europe alone. To be stateless is to not be recognized as a citizen by any state. It is a legal anomaly that often prevents people from accessing fundamental civil, political, economic, cultural and social rights.

The European Network on Statelessness is a civil society alliance committed to address statelessness in Europe. We believe that all human beings have a right to a nationality and that those who lack nationality altogether are entitled to full protection of their human rights.

In Europe, statelessness occurs both among recent migrants and among people who have lived in the same place for generations. Most countries in the region frequently encounter stateless persons in their asylum systems. In the Balkans and elsewhere many Roma remain stateless as a result of ethnic discrimination. Statelessness is also a continuing reminder of the break-up of the Soviet Union.

Despite the scale of the problem, most European countries have no framework to effectively deal with statelessness and tackling this requires major law and policy reform. The European Network on Statelessness is dedicated to strengthening the often unheard voice of stateless persons in Europe and to advocate for full respect of their human rights.

  • Too often, stateless people

    lead invisible lives – more must be done to identify this vulnerable population

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