“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.

  • 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.

  • Citizenship and the fall of the British Empire: A system of exclusion

    16 July 2020 | Rachel Pougnet, Researcher in citizenship and national security

    After 258 years under British and French colonial rule, Mauritius gained independence in 1968. The new Constitution of Mauritius created different pathways to Mauritian citizenship for former British colonial citizens or ‘subjects’. As a result, individuals who qualified as Mauritians lost their British citizenship. One such individual was my grandfather, whose story highlights the racial inequality and privilege underlying access to citizenship in the fall of the British Empire.

  • "Everything is stuck”: Left in limbo and stateless as a British Overseas Citizen

    8 July 2020 | Liew Teh

     arrived in the UK in 2001 at the age of twenty from Malaysia, with feelings of excitement as I embarked on an Engineering Degree at the University of Wolverhampton. I went on to complete a master’s degree in Advanced Technology Management and became a member of the Institution of Engineering Technology and Institution of Mechanical Engineering. My positive experience of the UK inspired me to stay here, living and working to pursue my chartered engineer's training.

  • Equating the rights of stateless persons with refugees in Spain

    2 July 2020 | Nacho Hernández Moreno. Lawyer, International Affairs Department, Fundación Cepaim

    A person is stateless if they lack a nationality, regardless of whether they have been officially identified by the competent authority. This means that when authorities grant an individual with stateless status, they are being retroactively recognised as such, and must be treated and protected as potential stateless persons pending official recognition. However, this is not the case for those awaiting a decision on their stateless status application in Spain.

  • Risks of ‘Covidisation’ in Statelessness Work?

    25 June 2020 | Deirdre Brennan & Thomas McGee, PhD Researchers, Peter McMullin Centre on Statelessness

    What is the potential impact of world attention turning to the COVID-19 pandemic and its socio-political consequences, on statelessness research? The term ‘Covidisation’ has been coined by Dr. Madhukar Pai for the reorientation of research in this manner.