Who we are

ENS was established in 2012 as a coordinating body and expert resource for organisations and individuals working to promote the right to a nationality in Europe. Since then we have grown into a dynamic organisation with a dedicated staff team of eight and a committed membership spanning 41 European countries. We strive to be an effective catalyst for change, mobilising key actors and galvanising civil society action on an issue that was previously hidden and ignored.

At the heart of our strategy is an understanding of the need to raise awareness about statelessness, support legal and policy development and build civil society’s capacity to act. We are dedicated to working alongside stateless people and their communities to strengthen their voices and together advocate for full respect of their human rights.

Our London-based Secretariat coordinates the activities of our growing and diverse membership across Europe ranging from large international NGOs to grassroots and community organisations, legal advice agencies, thinktanks, stateless activists, and prominent international law experts.

ENS members at a conference in Budapest
Budapest, May 2017 - Over 60 ENS members at our Annual General Conference and the launch of our campaign to end arbitrary detention of stateless people.


What we believe

Everyone has the right to a nationality.

We believe this must be respected and that the human rights of people who lack a nationality – stateless people – must be protected. We are dedicated to working with stateless people in Europe to advocate for their rights. We aim to reach our goals through law and policy development, awareness-raising, and capacity-building.

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Our future plans

Our strategic plan (2019-23) outlines how we are moving forward in the next stage of our journey, to capitalise on the strength of our membership and our authoritative voice on statelessness and translate this into tangible change for stateless people in Europe.

Solving statelessness in Europe - Our strategic plan 2019 - 2023
Find out more about our future plans in our five-year strategic plan

Our goals for this five-year period are to:

  1. Mobilise support to challenge statelessness by sharing knowledge and expertise
    We will work to motivate and mobilise new supporters to act in a way that results in positive change for stateless people. We will grow awareness of statelessness by sharing evidence, knowledge, and experiences with diverse audiences.
  2. Strengthen collaboration and achieve change through a pan-European network
    We will maintain an effective and sustainable membership that is informed, engaged, and resourced to work on statelessness. Our joint campaigning and advocacy will be designed to reflect the priorities and capacities of our members to enable their sustained engagement and secure lasting impact. Our members will be able to share and develop their expertise within our Network.
  3. Monitor, inform and promote effective law, policy and practice
    We will inform and frame the debate by ensuring that other actors are able to identify gaps and actively engage with legal and policy solutions to statelessness. Our work will be intersectional and inform a better understanding of how law, policy and practice impacts on different stateless people.
  4. Work with people affected by statelessness to inform and deliver our mission
    We will build relationships and create opportunities to collaborate with individuals and groups affected by statelessness. We will be accountable in our work and take steps to ensure that the decisions we take and the work we prioritise reflects the views and experiences of diverse stateless communities in Europe.
  5. Be an ethical and effective organisation
    We will be an organisation where staff and volunteers are respected, valued and motivated. We must ensure robust monitoring and evaluation of our work to evidence our impact and to effectively target our resources towards our strategic objectives.

Want to learn more about our work to date?

Our annual reports describe our activities and impact, including events, campaigns, and other initiatives we’ve run in countries across Europe.

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Civil society organisations like ENS are pivotal in getting knowledge on international standards and good practices to practitioners. ENS also plays an important role in convincing governments to improve their nationality rules and practice as part of a collective effort to eradicate statelessness.

Gerard-René de Groot - Emeritus Professor at Maastricht University

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