“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.

  • 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.

  • The only way to overcome COVID-19 is to work together: Involving stateless people in Europe’s COVID-19 response

    28 May 2020 | Remzi Medik, President, Bairska Svetlina – Centre for Development of Roma Community, North Macedonia

    A few weeks ago, a group of 20 stateless activists and community representatives from different countries in Europe came together with ENS’ support, in a series of online sessions. Across four days, we discussed the impacts of COVID-19 on stateless people in Europe and what needs to be done to address these impacts and found many areas of shared concern.

  • Shapeless shapes: a call to action to shape our future

    20 May 2020 | Hanna Kim - Author of Shapeless Shapes, Soros Equality Fellow, United Stateless Ally

    These are the three major themes I learned from graduate school: firstly, the world is not what it seems to be; secondly, it is more complicated than you think; and lastly, we are all connected together.

  • European Court of Human Rights, Strasbourg

    Sudita Keita v. Hungary – another landmark ruling from Strasbourg on the right to private and family life of stateless people

    15 May 2020 | Patrícia Cabral, Legal Policy Officer at the European Network on Statelessness

    This week, in the case of Sudita Keita v. Hungary, the European Court of Human Rights found a violation of Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights (‘ECHR’), which protects the right to private and family life.

  • In varietate concordia? Loss of nationality in the EU

    8 May 2020 | Dr. Jules Lepoutre, Université Côte d’Azur

    There is no such thing as a European code regulating access to (and loss of) European citizenship. Whoever wants to know how to gain or lose EU citizenship, has to carefully read through the legislation of 27 different EU Member States. The fact that the number of Member States recently decreased by one is of little help.

  • I am not alone: the United Stateless of America

    1 May 2020 | Daiana Lilo, United Stateless Member

    For the past twenty years — my entire life — my parents and I have struggled to prove my nationality. It felt to me as if they had trouble proving that I existed. I was fifteen years old when I applied for DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program, implemented by President Obama for undocumented immigrants who arrived to the United States at a young age.

  • Buddhist monks receive offerings in Launglon, Thanintaryi (José Arraiza)

    Myanmar: another turn of the screw

    23 April 2020 | José María Arraiza, Independent Scholar

    Every morning we ask ourselves whether this is real or just a fantasy. The Covid-19 crisis has confined most of us in Europe to our homes, limiting us to endless Netflix shows, online yoga, improvised concerts by our neighbours and anxious children asking how long it is going to last. It is tough, of course. Especially for those who’ve lost their loved ones or are caring for sick relatives during this time of crisis.

  • With each person left living on the streets, we are losing as a society

    17 April 2020 | Petr Baroch, Lawyer at the Organization for Aid to Refugees (OPU)

    Rarely have dry articles overloaded with data and legal definitions pushed forward any human rights agenda. That is why I am opening this blog with my personal viewpoint, leaving more general points for later. The issue of statelessness is above all a question of concrete human lives left at, or even intentionally pushed aside to, the margins of society. An issue of people forgotten by the socio-economic system; people left alone in a vacuum from which their voices are not heard, no matter how loudly they are crying for help.