“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.

  • 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.

  • Photo: Cédric - European Court of Justice - Luxembourg

    Mr Bilali and the uncertain country of origin – statelessness and subsidiary protection in the CJEU case of Bilali C-720/17

    28 June 2019 | Jo Venkov, Lawyer and writer on statelessness, identity, citizenship and belonging

    What does the case of Bilali in the Court of Justice of the European Union tell us about the responsibility of states to deal appropriately and effectively with stateless people living within their borders?  This blog considers the non-binding opinion of the Advocate General of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) in the case of Bilali v Bundesamt für Fremdenwesen und Asyl C-720/17...

  • Beqaa valley, a few miles from the Syrian border

    A visit to Lebanon

    20 June 2019 | Allan Leas, Chair of the ENS Board of Trustees

    Initially, I was hesitant when invited to jointly lead a session last week at the American University of Beirut (AUB) on building a network on Citizenship and Statelessness in the MENA region (Middle East and North Africa). Although I know the region well, from my period as Executive Director of Africa Middle East Refugee Assistance, I had never travelled to Lebanon, a country whose complex and troubled past I had learnt about mostly from history books and media reports.

  • Investor citizenship must not be used as a remedy for statelessness

    13 June 2019 | Jelena Dzankic, GLOBALCIT coordinator

    When I started to look into the sale of passports a decade ago, there had been hardly any academic research on the topic. Yet with the increasing number of countries entering the global market for investor citizenship, a new academic field has started to develop around the notion of ius pecuniae (the law of money). It focuses on states’ discretion to naturalise on the basis of national interest, or on the detailed schemes ran by countries themselves or franchised to non-state actors. 

  • Sustainable Development Goals

    Statelessness and Sustainable Development at the 2019 High Level Political Forum: A moment for reflection

    6 June 2019 | Tendayi Bloom, Lecturer in Politics and International Studies at The Open University

    In July this year, UN Member States will come together to consider progress on the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. The 2030 Agenda, adopted by UN Member states in 2015, includes a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets which set out a 15-year plan for economic, social and environmental development which will ensure the human rights of all.

  • LSE Middle East Centre workshop on 1 March 2019. From left: Bronwen Manby, Alenka Prvinšek, Ann Livingston, Solange Valdez-Symonds

    Preventing Statelessness among Migrants in North Africa and their Children: Birth registration and ‘legal identity’

    29 May 2019 | Bronwen Manby, Senior Policy Fellow with the LSE’s Middle East Centre

    “Legal identity” is all the rage in international policy circles. From the target set by the Sustainable Development Goals to “provide legal identity for all, including birth registration” by 2030, to the World Bank’s initiative on “Identification for Development”, commitments related to identification are multiplying.

  • Addressing statelessness in Europe’s refugee response and why more needs to be done

    22 May 2019 | Laura van Waas, ISI Co-director & Nina Murray, ENS Head of Policy and Research

    “During the initial registration, they wanted to register us as Bangladeshis. We all said no, we are not from there. They kept us there for five or six hours while they checked some things on the computer. I think they searched for information about Myanmar on the internet. After eight hours, they agreed to register us as from Myanmar.”

    (Rohingya refugee from Myanmar, interviewed in Greece; 2018)

  • Citizenship Under Threat in Myanmar: A Shared Experience

    14 May 2019 | Natalie Brinham - Independent consultant and Myanmar specialist

    “Why!? Our parents were citizens, but we didn’t get any citizenship cards! We are nationals, but we have to get permission like foreigners to go from one city to another city. To travel, we would have to go to the immigration office and we would be treated like foreigners.”

    “I tried to get a citizenship card, but they would not give me one. They tried to give me one ID. This one was not a citizenship card – what is this!? They wrote me down as Bengali and gave me a card.”