“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.

  • 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

    I 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.

  • Austrian Parliament building

    Statelessness: A blind spot on Austria’s human rights record

    18 June 2020 | Leonhard Call, independent human rights consultant

    Austria is often praised by its official representatives as a model country concerning human rights protection, with a positive record on implementing decisions by the European Court of Human Rights and a successful candidacy for the UN Human Rights Council 2019-21.

  • EU flags

    How far do citizenship laws in European Union Member States safeguard the children born there from statelessness?

    12 June 2020 | Merve Erdilmen (Doctoral Student, Department of Political Science, McGill University) and Iseult Honohan (Associate Professor Emeritus, School of Politics and International Relations, University College Dublin)

    Most European Union Member States participate in the international conventions concerning statelessness of 1954 and 1961, and have certain laws that grant citizenship to children who are born in the State who would otherwise be at risk of statelessness. The way in which these diverse laws are framed, however, means that many countries fall short of safeguarding such children from statelessness.

  • Invisible to the state during the COVID-19 pandemic: stateless people in Ukraine

    4 June 2020 | Kseniia Karahiaur, Legal Analyst at Right to Protection

    As soon as COVID-19 was recognized as a pandemic on 12 March 2020, the Ukrainian Government introduced a quarantine throughout the country. This called for certain administrative and health measures aimed to prevent COVID-19 from spreading: most businesses had to stop their work; access to public places and institutions was limited and non-essential movement of people was restricted. Administrative penalties were also introduced for the violation of quarantine rules.