“Everyone has the right to a nationality”

Karel Hendriks

Karel Hendriks is an Associate Protection Officer for UNHCR in Iraq, exclusively focusing on statelessness. He is responsible for the overall UNHCR strategy on statelessness in Iraq, including the development of a mapping study to quantify and analyze the stateless population in the country. Prior to his posting in Baghdad, Karel worked for UNHCR in the Netherlands, co-authoring the report “Mapping statelessness in the Netherlands”, which provided a demographic, social and legal analysis of statelessness in the Netherlands. The report’s qualitative findings were based on 25 in-depth interviews with stateless persons. Karel holds a BSc in Anthropology, a MSc in Political Science and an Advanced Master in International Development.