“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.

  • Learning about statelessness in the Netherlands

    24 June 2013 | Laura van Waas, Senior Researcher and Manager, Statelessness Programme

    This month, I was tasked with writing an introductory article for a special edition on statelessness of the journal “Asiel en Migrantenrecht” (Asylum and Migration Law) which will appear later in the summer.

  • Setting the bar higher - The UNHCR NGO Consultations and getting serious about eradicating statelessness

    18 June 2013 | Chris Nash, International Protection Policy Coordinator at Asylum Aid

    A couple of weeks ago on this site I wrote about the potential for this year’s UNHCR NGO Consultations to act as a springboard for the adoption of an International Day on Statelessness, but also more generally about  the scope for discussions in Geneva to add critical impetus to our collective efforts to tackle...

  • Proving statelessness: evidential issues for refused asylum seekers

    14 June 2013 | Adrian Berry, Barrister, Garden Court Chambers, London

    The introduction of a statelessness determination procedure in the UK in April 2013 was a welcome development. However, it has thrown into sharp relief a number of issues about how to establish that a person is a stateless person.  

  • The UNHCR NGO Consultations in Geneva – A springboard for the adoption of an International Day on Statelessness?

    4 June 2013 | Chris Nash, International Protection Policy Coordinator at Asylum Aid

    A recent blog on this site considered the non-emergence of statelessness as an issue, and a similar process of reflection has led the European Network on Stateless (ENS) and the Tilburg Statelessness Programme to...

  • Poor Judgement, Bad Judgment

    31 May 2013 | Amal de Chickera

    I was preparing to write a blog entry on the upcoming UNHCR NGO Consultations – on the importance of NGOs working on statelessness strengthening collaboration with UNHCR, on the need for similar collaboration and partnership with UN human rights bodies, on our collective anticipation before the first ever retreat on statelessness and the fact that three ENS steering committee members will be on the panel of the increasingly popular statelessness session at the...

  • A Government Approach to Moving Statelessness Forward on the International Agenda

    22 May 2013 | Dr. Tamás MOLNÁR - Head of Unit for Migration, Asylum and Border Management, Hungarian Ministry of Interior

    The last ENS blog entry dealt with the emergence of the issue of statelessness on the international agenda. Following this approach my contribution wishes to add another perspective to this discussion, notably what a government can do in order to address statelessness through foreign policy initiatives and to highlight the issue of protecting the stateless in different international fora.

  • Moving Statelessness Forward on the International Human Rights Agenda

    14 May 2013 | Lindsey Kingston – Director, Institute for Human Rights & Humanitarian Studies at Webster University

    The word “statelessness” had not yet entered my vocabulary when I first arrived in Thailand during the spring of 2005. I had come to conduct research on human trafficking, and I was under the false impression that everyone had nationality somewhere. At first I caught glimpses of the problem from Bangkok – murmurs of hill tribe women on Soi Cowboy in the red light district, offhand remarks about “illegal” indigenous groups that sent children south to work in resort towns such as Pattaya and Phuket.

  • Litigation, legal aid & law clinics

    7 May 2013 | Laura van Waas, Statelessness Programme, Tilburg University

    To a large extent, the Statelessness Programme is a typical academic initiative and many of our activities are those traditionally associated with academia – i.e. they lie in the field of research, teaching and the wider dissemination of information. At the same time, by forming partnerships with a wide range of organisations, including through actively participating in the European Network on Statelessness, we are able to benefit from the direct interaction with different stakeholders.

  • Addressing the human insecurity of stateless people: Complimenting our legal advocacy with a development approach

    1 May 2013 | Jason Tucker, University of Bath and visiting scholar Statelessness Programme, Tilburg Law School

    Since the beginning of the year I have been working on trying to explore the role that development and humanitarian organisations are or could be playing in alleviating the suffering of the stateless. While the strategy to secure citizenship for the stateless should remain a key concern, we have to accept that realizing this solution for some stateless populations is proving in reality to be a rather long term project.

  • Addressing Statelessness in the Western Balkans – ENS and WeBLAN Joint Workshop

    26 April 2013 | Ivanka Kostic, Executive Director, Praxis

    Praxis had the pleasure to organize a joint workshop of the European Network on Statelessness (ENS) and the Western Balkan Legal Aid Network (WeBLAN) on statelessness on 23 April in Belgrade. The event was organized with the support of UNHCR Representation in Serbia and the EU funded project “Best Practices for Roma Integration” (BPRI) implemented by ODIHR in the Western Balkans.