“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.

  • 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.

  • ICM policy briefing cover on childhood statelessness

    Working in partnership with migration, child protection and asylum actors to ensure the right to a nationality for children in migration

    9 April 2020 | Khadija Badri, Advocacy and Engagement Officer at the European Network on Statelessness

    In facing a global health crisis, it is as important as ever to be working together to protect the rights of all children, and to make sure that their nationality or migration status does not prevent them from enjoying their fundamental rights such as healthcare.

  • Clash of Constitutional Courts on addressing statelessness: Dominican Republic and Colombia

    3 April 2020 | Paola Pelletier, LLM. Dominican Law Professor of International Private Law and Human Rights at PUCMM University, and Member of Reconocido Movement (Statelessness Movement)

    Dominican Republic and Colombia have taken very different approaches to the recognition of the right to a nationality for children born on their territory to migrants with irregular migratory status. This blog will look at recent judgements by their respective Constitutional Courts and compare the countries’ approaches concerning in situ stateless populations.

  • The lives of stateless refugees in the Netherlands

    26 March 2020 | Marlotte van Dael, project coordinator & researcher at ASKV Refugee Support

    Based on the article “Het lot van de staatloze vluchteling: ‘Niemand wil ons hebben’“ published in ‘Het Parool’ on 28 January 2020, written by Joset van der Hoeven. Photos by Fouad Hallak.  

    What is it like to live without a nationality in the Netherlands? This depends on the individual’s residence status and registration. Let’s quickly break down the three most common groups: