“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.

  • ICM policy briefing cover on childhood statelessness

    Working in partnership with migration, child protection and asylum actors to ensure the right to a nationality for children in migration

    9 April 2020 | Khadija Badri, Advocacy and Engagement Officer at the European Network on Statelessness

    In facing a global health crisis, it is as important as ever to be working together to protect the rights of all children, and to make sure that their nationality or migration status does not prevent them from enjoying their fundamental rights such as healthcare.

  • Clash of Constitutional Courts on addressing statelessness: Dominican Republic and Colombia

    3 April 2020 | Paola Pelletier, LLM. Dominican Law Professor of International Private Law and Human Rights at PUCMM University, and Member of Reconocido Movement (Statelessness Movement)

    Dominican Republic and Colombia have taken very different approaches to the recognition of the right to a nationality for children born on their territory to migrants with irregular migratory status. This blog will look at recent judgements by their respective Constitutional Courts and compare the countries’ approaches concerning in situ stateless populations.

  • The lives of stateless refugees in the Netherlands

    26 March 2020 | Marlotte van Dael, project coordinator & researcher at ASKV Refugee Support

    Based on the article “Het lot van de staatloze vluchteling: ‘Niemand wil ons hebben’“ published in ‘Het Parool’ on 28 January 2020, written by Joset van der Hoeven. Photos by Fouad Hallak.  

    What is it like to live without a nationality in the Netherlands? This depends on the individual’s residence status and registration. Let’s quickly break down the three most common groups: 

  • The counter-productiveness of deprivation of nationality as a national security measure

    18 March 2020 | Dr. Christophe Paulussen, Senior Researcher at the T.M.C. Asser Instituut & Dr. Laura van Waas, Co-Director of the Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion

    This week, and after two and half years of research involving 60 international experts, a set of Principles on Deprivation of Nationality as a National Security Measure are launched. These Principles clarify the international legal obligations that states must comply with, if they take or consider taking steps to strip a person of their citizenship, including in a counter-terrorism context.

  • Le Conseil d'État

    Can a Palestinian refugee enjoy the status of a stateless person? A French perspective

    13 March 2020 | Giulia Bittoni, Lawyer Linguist, Court of Justice of the European Union

    This article solely reflects the personal opinion of the author and does not express the views of the Court of Justice, neither the views of other European Union Institutions

  • Eloisa - formerly a stateless person living in Costa Rica

    Born at the age of 70

    5 March 2020 | Maria Julia Cerdas, former member of the stateless division for Costa Rica’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    As a young teenager in the 1950s, Eloisa was abandoned in Costa Rica. She found herself in a Central American country that she'd never been to before, and in a place where she hadn't known anyone. Now, when asked about her past, Eloisa can recall only vague memories of her childhood – she does not know where she was born, who her family was, and how she came to Costa Rica. She believes that she may have been born in Honduras, but she is not sure. The only thing she remembers with certainty is the cold and the fear of being alone.

  • Photo credit: Street life in Aleppo, Syria; Thomas McGee

    Statelessness among Syria’s displaced: Still unidentified

    27 February 2020 | Zahra Albarazi, independent human rights lawyer & activist and Thomas McGee, PhD Researcher at the Peter McMullin Centre on Statelessness

    A longer version of this blogpost was published in the Oxford Monitor of Forced Migration in January 2020

  • Bulgaria: Celebrating progress and staying vigilant about remaining gaps

    20 February 2020 | Magdalena Miteva and Valeria Ilareva, Foundation for Access to Rights - FAR

    Since Bulgaria ratified both the 1954 and the 1961 Statelessness Conventions in 2012, it has made significant progress in its treatment of stateless people.

  • North Macedonia takes important first step towards ending statelessness

    14 February 2020 | Jonathan Lee, European Roma Rights Centre

    On 3 January North Macedonia officially acceded to the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness, joining 74 other countries which have pledged to take measures to eliminate statelessness in their territories.

  • Birthright citizenship and children born in a conflict zone

    5 February 2020 | Eva Ersbøll – Lawyer and Senior Researcher, ENS Associate Member

    As of 1 February 2020, an amendment to the Danish citizenship act means that a child born to a Danish parent who has unlawfully entered or stays in a ‘conflict zone’ will not acquire Danish citizenship by birth. A conflict zone is defined in Danish criminal law as an area where a terrorist organisation is party to an armed conflict and where there is a ban on entry and stay without prior permission or creditable purpose.