“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.

  • Ukraine’s most vulnerable children deserve a passport too

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

    Children born in the occupied territories of Ukraine face a real risk of statelessness. According to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, only 43 percent of children born in the non-government controlled territories (NGCA) of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts have obtained Ukrainian birth certificates.

  • Rising to the challenge: promoting the voices of stateless people in Europe

    24 October 2019 | Khadija Badri, Advocacy and Engagement Officer at the European Network on Statelessness

    The absence of stateless voices is not due to a lack of individuals’ willingness to speak out and be involved in the debates and decision-making processes which affect them. At least, that’s what our work with people affected by statelessness tells us.

  • Utrecht Town Hall

    Dutch municipalities take matters into their own hands while national government fails to provide solution for stateless people in the Netherlands

    16 October 2019 | Marlotte van Dael (Project coordinator & Researcher at ASKV Refugee Support) & Rene Rouwette (Executive Director at Kompass)

    After years of advocacy efforts by civil society and UNHCR to persuade the Dutch government to improve its protection of stateless people, the Government published a first draft of a legislative proposal for a statelessness determination procedure in 2016.

  • 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