“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.

  • "Everything is stuck”: Left in limbo and stateless as a British Overseas Citizen

    3 July 2020 | Liew Teh

    I arrived in the UK in 2001 at the age of twenty from Malaysia, with feelings of excitement as I embarked on an Engineering Degree at the University of Wolverhampton. I went on to complete a master’s degree in Advanced Technology Management and became a member of the Institution of Engineering Technology and Institution of Mechanical Engineering. My positive experience of the UK inspired me to stay here, living and working to pursue my chartered engineer's training.

  • Equating the rights of stateless persons with refugees in Spain

    2 July 2020 | Nacho Hernández Moreno. Lawyer, International Affairs Department, Fundación Cepaim

    A person is stateless if they lack a nationality, regardless of whether they have been officially identified by the competent authority. This means that when authorities grant an individual with stateless status, they are being retroactively recognised as such, and must be treated and protected as potential stateless persons pending official recognition. However, this is not the case for those awaiting a decision on their stateless status application in Spain.

  • Risks of ‘Covidisation’ in Statelessness Work?

    25 June 2020 | Deirdre Brennan & Thomas McGee, PhD Researchers, Peter McMullin Centre on Statelessness

    What is the potential impact of world attention turning to the COVID-19 pandemic and its socio-political consequences, on statelessness research? The term ‘Covidisation’ has been coined by Dr. Madhukar Pai for the reorientation of research in this manner.

  • 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.