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University

The conference will take place on 8-9 June 2023 at the Universidad Complutense Madrid. The event is organised by the European Network on Statelessness in collaboration with Fundación Cepaim and the Universidad Complutense Madrid.

The conference will bring together the insights and perspectives of experts from across Europe, including lawyers, NGOs, stateless activists, refugee community representatives and academics, as well as representatives from regional institutions, governments, inter-governmental-organisations, ombudspersons/monitoring bodies and other stakeholders mandated to work on issues related to statelessness and forced migration.

The programme is designed as an interactive space to facilitate the sharing of information and good practices. The objective is to identify new solutions and galvanise an effective pan-regional strategy to address current gaps and problems. The conference will also include some sessions dedicated to the specific context in Spain, as well as provide a forum to debate opportunities to address statelessness during Spain’s forthcoming Presidency of the EU.

Directions

The main part of the conference (Thursday registration and all of the plenary sessions) will¬†take place at the Faculty of Filology - Building D (Facultad de Filolog√≠a ‚Äď Edificio D), pictured below. For location of Building D please use this Google Maps link (or search using coordinates 40.4489, -3.7328).

The parallel workshops, which are scheduled on Thursday (2-4PM) and Friday (9-11AM) will take place in Faculty of Filology - Building A (Facultad de Filolog√≠a ‚Äď Edificio A). For location of Building A please use this Google Maps link (or search using coordinates 40.4489, -3.7305).

Please note that Friday 9 June starts with the parallel sessions in Building A. Please go straight to Building A on Friday morning. Arrival is at 8.30AM.

The buildings are approximately a 3-minute walk apart.

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Programme

Speakers

Jim Clarken

Jim Clarken

Chair of the Management Board, European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights

Gillian Triggs

Gillian Triggs

Assistant Secretary-General, High Commissioner for Protection UNHCR

Juan Fernando López Aguilar, MEP

Juan Fernando López Aguilar

Chair of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs

Leyla Kayacik

Leyla Kayacik

Council of Europe Special Representative of the Secretary General on Migration and Refugees

Aleksandra Semeriak Gavrilenok

Aleksandra Semeriak Gavrilenok

 Individual ENS member and formerly stateless person

Nina Gregori

Nina Gregori

Executive Director of the EU Agency for Asylum

Razan Ismail

Razan Ismail

Chief Operating Officer, New Women Connectors

Isabel Goicoeche Aranguren

Isabella Goicoeche Aranguren

Spain Under-Secretary for the Ministry of the Interior 

Professor √Āngeles Solanes Corella

Professor √Āngeles Solanes Corella

Professor of Philosophy of Law, University of Valencia

Organisational Development Director and Training Expert, Hungarian Helsinki Committee

Chris Nash

Director, European Network on Statelessness

Jean Lambert

Jean Lambert

Former MEP and ENS Trustee

Elvis BeriŇ°a

Elvis BeriŇ°a

Executive Director, Phiren Amenca ‚ÄėWalk with Us‚Äô¬†

G√°bor Gyulai

G√°bor Gyulai

Organisational Development Director and Training Expert, Hungarian Helsinki Committee

Aleksejs Ivashuk

Aleksejs Ivashuk

Founder of Apatride Network

Zoe Gardner

Zoe Gardner

Policy & Research Manager, European Network on Statelessness

Patrícia Cabral

Patrícia Cabral

Legal Policy Coordinator, European Network on Statelessness

Yonous Muhammadi

Yonous Muhammadi

President of the Greek Forum of Refugees

Information for attendees

Language

The conference languages are English and Spanish. 

Simultaneous interpreting in English and Spanish will be provided for conference plenary sessions only.

Separate parallel workshops will run in English and Spanish (see the programme for further details). Interpreting will not be provided for parallel workshops.

Refreshments

Lunch and refreshments will be provided free of charge.

Cocktail Reception

In addition to the main conference programme, we are pleased to announce that at the end of the day on Thursday 8th we will be hosting a Cocktail reception from 6 - 7.30PM. The reception will be held at the University with welcome remarks by Sophie Muller (UNHCR Representative in Spain), followed by informal networking.

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About the issue

Statelessness affects over half a million people in Europe ‚Äď both recent migrants and those who have lived in the same place for generations.¬† People become stateless ‚Äď meaning they are not recognised by any country as a national ‚Äď because of state succession, gaps in nationality laws, discrimination, displacement, and nationality stripping, among others. Being stateless means people have no legal identity, and the failure to recognise it can result in serious fundamental rights violations, including barriers to being recognised as refugees or to naturalisation, and the risk of being subjected to prolonged and arbitrary detention in the migratory context.

Despite the extent of the problem, many states still lack robust polices to address statelessness. Critically, only a handful of countries in Europe have a dedicated statelessness determination procedure to identify people on their territory without a nationality and to offer appropriate protection status (including residence and other rights under the 1954 Convention) and subsequent naturalisation. Moreover, recent data shows that statelessness is a growing problem that needs to be addressed as part of Europe‚Äôs refugee response. According to Eurostat, approximately 3% of those applying for asylum in the European Union are recorded as ‚Äėstateless‚Äô or of ‚Äėunknown nationality‚Äô. ENS‚Äôs¬†#StatelessJourneys¬†campaign aims to shine a light on this little-understood issue and call on European states to fulfil their duty to protect stateless refugees.

ENS and Fundación Cepaim are grateful to Oak Foundation, Sigrid Rausing Trust, Fundación "la Caixa", Comic Relief and the UN Refugee Agency for their generous support of this event, as well as to the University Complutense for hosting and providing the conference space.

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