“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.

  • Statelessness is back (not that it ever went away...)

    10 October 2019 | Guy Goodwin-Gill, Professor of Law at the University of New South Wales and Emeritus Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford

    Citizenship deprivation and statelessness are very much back in fashion. States increasingly resort to such measures to deal with those returning from foreign wars, or as a sanction for those otherwise deemed undesirable and unwanted – it must certainly seem easier than living up to their obligations actually to combat terrorist activities or war crimes or crimes against humanity (see here).

  • Ahead of next week’s UN global meeting in Geneva: Why Europe must redouble its efforts to tackle statelessness

    2 October 2019 | Chris Nash, Director of the European Network on Statelessness

    On Monday, governments and regional institutions from across the globe will gather in Geneva for UNHCR’s High-Level Segment on Statelessness (HLS) which will take place during the 70th annual plenary session of the Executive Committee of the High...

  • A State of Less

    26 September 2019 | Lynn Khatib, Social activist

    When you are stateless, you live your whole life in limbo, from the day you were born until the day you die.

  • Launch of the Mapping Report

    The silent truth about stateless people in Poland

    19 September 2019 | Katarzyna Przybysławska, Director of the Halina Niec Legal Aid Center

    In Poland, statelessness is a small problem. So small in fact, that it's easy to ignore. Government sources provide diverging statistics on the number of stateless people, varying from some 1,300 to over 8,000. Statistically speaking the number is almost insignificant in a country of 38 million. Perhaps it is becasue of this, that statelessness has never gained enough importance to become a topic of interest to the government, media or even NGOs.

  • Stateless Syrians in Europe: Navigating the “Knowledge Gap”

    11 September 2019 | Thomas McGee is a PhD researcher at the Peter McMullin Centre on Statelessness, University of Melbourne

    Over the last two years, I have participated in the European Network on Statelessness (ENS) and the Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion (ISI)’s and’s #StatelessJourneys project. This seeks to generate an evidence base on the relationship between statelessness and forced migration in Europe, while developing tools for advocacy, capacity-building, awareness-raising and community engagement to protect the rights of stateless refugees.

  • Colombia acts to ensure children born to Venezuelan parents are not left stateless - but there’s still room for improvement

    5 September 2019 | Jessica Ramirez Moreno (Red ANA- CEJIL) & Christina Saad (Intern at CEJIL)

    Venezuela is currently going through a political, economic, social, institutional, and human rights crisis — causing millions of people to leave. This growing movement of people has created new situations leading to statelessness or putting people at risk of statelessness.

  • ENS blog is going on holiday

    24 July 2019 | ENS Secretariat

    ENS blog will be taking a short summer break and will be back in September.

    To get your fill of nationality and statelessness updates in the meantime, follow our regular updates on Twitter and Facebook, or revisit some of our blogs from 2019 so far

  • Join the feminist revolution in work to address statelessness

    18 July 2019 | Nina Murray, ENS Head of Policy and Research

    When black feminist theory was referenced on the podium at the closing plenary of the World Conference on Statelessness in the Hague last month, a few of us glanced at each other across the room with a mix of pride and excitement, thinking: our work here is done. The ‘feminist revolution’ in the world of statelessness has begun.

  • Setting a blueprint for overcoming statelessness in Russia and Ukraine

    9 July 2019 | Anna Babko, Legal analyst at the CF “The Right to Protection”

    Almost three decades have passed since the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the subsequent proclamation of independence by the Russian Federation and Ukraine. However, following independence both states faced a challenge in providing documentation to those living on their respective territories.

  • The Quito Process and the urgency to address the right to a nationality and statelessness in the Americas

    4 July 2019 | Jessica Ramirez, Americas Network on Nationality and Statelessness (Red ANA)

    The unprecedented number of migrants and refugees leaving Venezuela and moving throughout the American continent has put receiving countries’ legal frameworks and their ability to guarantee basic human rights to the test. We have seen efforts by governments in the region to foster a regional and coordinated response to Venezuelan displacement—primarily through the “Quito Process” which is a multilateral initiative of several Latin-American countries that aims to harmonize domestic policies in receiving countries.