“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.

  • Denationalisation and the politics of citizenship in Zimbabwe

    15 October 2012 | Marina Lourenço

    Statelessness as a human rights issue has been neglected across the globe. I tried hard to avoid beginning this post restating something which has probably become a cliché, but the truth is that, like most human rights issues, statelessness is a sensitive and often politicised subject. Like in Europe, statelessness in Zimbabwe is very closely related to migration, state succession and the rights of migrants. The lack of reliable data creates a group of vulnerable, invisible people.

  • Finally an Important Step towards the Solution for the Legally Invisible and Persons at Risk of Statelessness in Serbia

    8 October 2012 | Ivanka Kostic, Executive Director, Praxis

    After years of advocacy efforts in drawing the attention of the state to the extremely difficult position of persons who failed to subsequently register in the birth registry on the grounds of the existing laws, as well as requests for the adoption of an adequate, accelerated and facilitated procedure as a systemic solution to the problem of the legally invisible, some progress has been made.  

  • Campaign for statelessness conventions gains traction, at last

    1 October 2012 | Laura van Waas, Senior Researcher and Manager at the Statelessness Programme, Tilburg Law School

    The ‘statelessness conventions’, two little-known instruments that have long floated somewhere on the periphery of international law, are finally starting to command the attention that they deserve...

  • Taking stock of State pledges to tackle statelessness?

    19 September 2012 | Chris Nash, International Protection Policy Coordinator at Asylum Aid

    It is now just three months short of a year since UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres, hailed a “quantum leap” in global efforts to tackle statelessness at a Ministerial Meeting organised by UNHCR in Geneva to mark the 50th Anniversary of the 1961 Statelessness Convention. At this meeting 61 countries made statelessness-related pledges and 33 states committed to accede or take steps to accede to either or both conventions.

  • Statelessness in Sweden - changes ahead?

    12 September 2012 | Sebastian Kohn

    Sweden was one out of only four countries that pledged during the 2011 UNHCR Ministerial Meeting to address statelessness through foreign policy (the other three were South Africa, the US and Hungary).

  • Refworld: A key resource on all things statelessness

    27 August 2012 | This explanatory text about Refworld is courtesy of UNHCR's Statelessness Unit, Geneva

    Refworld, a leading online resource containing valuable legal, policy and academic information relating to asylum seekers, refugees and internally displaced persons compiled by UNHCR, also holds a wide range of resources relating to statelessness. These resources can be found on the regularly updated Statelessness Special Features Page, available at: 

  • Giving a Face to the Invisible

    20 August 2012 | Jelena Petrovic, Programme Assistant, Praxis

    The true personal testimonies of the Roma unregistered at birth translated into the documentary Here I Am found their way this summer to the hearts of many.

  • Progress can be made

    13 August 2012 | Davor Rako, Associate Protection Officer, UNHCR Belgrade

    Through its field activities and the activities of its legal implementing partner Praxis, UNHCR in Serbia has identified that the problem of statelessness, or being at risk of statelessness, disproportionately affects the Roma population in Serbia.

  • Access to protection: promising newcomers?

    3 August 2012 | Gabor Gyulai

    “We might give you protection, but you might not be allowed to stay here until we decide”. Sounds absurd, right? Yet the right to remain on the territory while one’s claim for protection as stateless person is being processed is far from being embedded in existing national protection schemes.


  • A Global Campaign to End Statelessness - The Time Has Come

    25 July 2012 | Mark Manly (Head UNHCR Statelessness Unit) and Radha Govil (UNHCR)

    For too long statelessness has remained a sleeper issue. This is surprising considering that UNHCR's latest statistics confirm 3.5 million stateless persons worldwide and estimate that the number is closer to 12 million. Furthermore, the problem has persisted all around the globe.