“Everyone has the right to a nationality”


The blog entries represent the views of the authors but not those of the Network, unless otherwise noted.

  • Russia’s Constitutional Court decision helps to protect stateless detainees as legal change approaches

    Russia’s Constitutional Court decision helps to protect stateless detainees as legal change approaches

    16 October 2020 | Stephania Kulaeva - Executive Director, ADC Memorial

    In Russia, tens of thousands of stateless people are at risk of spending years in detention if the courts order their deportation or expulsion from Russia; a decision that is legally impossible to implement as they have no country of citizenship to which they can be returned. This practice, however, was successfully appealed in the High Courts and legal change is on the way. 

  • Man supported by Right to Protection's statelessness project

    Legal reform brings Ukraine closer to improving the lives of stateless people

    8 October 2020 | Kseniia Karahiaur - Legal Analyst, Right to Protection & Oleksandr Snitko - Project Manager, Desyate Kvitnya (The Tenth of April)

    Ukraine is on the verge of a decisive step that will bring the State closer to solving the problem of statelessness.

  • Statelessness determination in Europe and beyond: Trends and good practices

    30 September 2020 | Marcella Rouweler, Legal Officer, Division of International Protection

    Identifying stateless persons has long been considered a key challenge in efforts to eradicate statelessness. In the decades following the adoption of the 1954 Convention on the Status of Stateless Persons, only a handful of States adopted mechanisms to determine whether a person is stateless (Statelessness Determination Procedures, or SDPs).

  • Belgian Parliament

    The need for a residence permit for stateless people in Belgium

    24 September 2020 | Valérie Klein and Julie Lejeune, NANSEN

    The main issue for stateless people in Belgium remains the absence of the automatic granting of a residence permit to those recognised as stateless by the judiciary, as well as the lack of a (temporary) residence permit for the duration of the statelessness determination procedure. As a consequence, stateless people are forced to reside illegally in the country.

  • A European Without a Country

    16 September 2020 | Aleksejs Ivashuk

    Minorities in Latvia

    I am European, but I am not a citizen of the country where I was born or of any other country.

  • A Stateless Person’s Take on ‘Stateless’

    10 September 2020 | Ekaterina E, a founding member of United Stateless

    'Stateless' caught my attention as well as that of my friends and colleagues months prior to its release on Netflix. How could it not? I am a stateless person, and a founding member of a US-based organization United Stateless whose mission is to raise awareness and to build  community among stateless people living in the U.S.

  • Understanding and addressing childhood statelessness in the UK: Introducing our new project

    3 September 2020 | Jessie Seal, Senior Child Rights Coordinator (UK), European Network on Statelessness

    With a few notable exceptions, statelessness has so far received limited attention among child rights and migration advocates in the UK, yet figures show that 5% (1,866) of all children granted British citizenship in 2018 were stateless, mostly registering as British citizens under a special statelessness provision in UK law.

  • Summer sky

    Consultancy opportunity & ENS blog goes on holiday

    6 August 2020 | ENS Secretariat

    ENS blog will be taking a short summer break and will be back in September. In the meantime, ENS is developing an online database containing national, regional, and international jurisprudence addressing statelessness or related issues.

  • Statelessness in Portugal: law, policy and practice at a glance

    31 July 2020 | Inês Carreirinho, Legal Protection Coordinator, Portuguese Refugee Council (CPR)

    In March, the Portuguese Refugee Council partnered with ENS to add a country profile page on Portugal to the Statelessness Index. Statelessness is still an under-researched topic in Portugal and available resources are limited.

  • It is not just paperwork; it is human work. Recognising and supporting the role of grassroots organisations in the fight to end statelessness

    23 July 2020 | Michelle Mila van Burik Bihari, MA. Advocacy Coordinator Roma Utrecht & Roma Advocacy Network Netherlands

    Stateless Roma, or Roma at risk of statelessness, face a number of particular challenges in daily life. These include barriers in accessing the legal rights system, legal protection and advice, and support from human rights agencies. In my work in the Roma community in the Netherlands, I have witnessed people stuck in legal procedures for twenty years, when trying to apply for Dutch citizenship. Many in this situation are left with an alien’s passport.