“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.

  • Stateless in Europe - UNHCR report cover

    The Faces of Statelessness in Europe – the answers to the ‘wheres’, ‘whys’ and ‘hows’ on statelessness

    19 April 2018 | Valeriia Cherednichenko, Associate Protection Officer, UNHCR Bureau for Europe

    Do you ever wonder where stateless people live, what their day-to-day lives look like or how they try to solve their predicament?

  • Asylum Aid - Statelessness website

    A new website to help stateless people in the UK

    12 April 2018 | Cynthia Orchard, Statelessness Policy and Casework Coordinator at Asylum Aid (part of Migrants Resource Centre)

    If you are a person who is so fortunate as to always have had a nationality, imagine for a moment that you are not recognised as a citizen of any country. You manage, despite years of hardship and a perilous journey, to make it to a country where you could be safe and you could finally have a chance to have a nationality. How do you know where to turn for help?

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    #RomaBelong – Broadening the debate on how to end Roma statelessness

    5 April 2018 | Kateryna Gaidei, Tenth of April (Desyate Kvitnya)

    During the International Week against Racism (12-25 March 2018) one of the events organised in Munich looked at the issue of statelessness among Roma. Entitled “Statelessness and Discrimination of Roma: An International Perspective” the event sought to raise awareness on the issues of Roma statelessness and discrimination, the interconnectedness between the two problems, and to compare the situation across different countries in Europe.

  • Using the Statelessness Index as a tool to help secure law and policy reform in Serbia

    29 March 2018 | Milan Radojev, Status and Socioeconomic Rights Programme Coordinator, Praxis

    Is my country party to international conventions dealing with statelessness? Is there any data on the stateless population? Is there a procedure to grant protection to stateless people? Are there measures to prevent arbitrary detention? What does my country do to prevent statelessness? Are there any barriers to birth registration?

  • Statelessness Index - Assessing law, policy and practice in Europe

    Five things you need to know about our new Statelessness Index

    21 March 2018 | Nina Murray, Research & Policy Coordinator at the European Network on Statelessness

    Statelessness is a legal anomaly that affects over half a million people in Europe. Despite the scale of the problem, countries across Europe have very different approaches to dealing with statelessness, which means that there is currently no consistent, clear or comprehensive approach to identifying people without a nationality, granting protection or citizenship, nor preventing new cases of statelessness from arising.

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    Engaging with the media as a tool for addressing statelessness

    15 March 2018 | Patrick Gifford, Political Science Honours Student at the University of New South Wales and Intern with the Statelessness Network Asia Pacific

    Since the beginning of 2017, the Statelessness Network Asia Pacific (SNAP) has partnered with the University of New South Wales (UNSW) on a project aimed at mapping media reporting trends with respect to statelessness in Asia and the Pacific.  By better understanding media reporting trends, the project also aimed to identify opportunities for engaging with the media on addressing statelessness. 

  • Women in Nepal. Video Still. ©Stephan Bachenheimer/World Bank - What does equal mean to you?

    Groundbreaking Arab League declaration heightens global momentum to end gender discrimination in nationality laws

    8 March 2018 | Catherine Harrington, Campaign Manager, Global Campaign for Equal Nationality Rights

    Amid the tragedy and uncertainty of today’s global challenges, there have been several important developments in the fight for gender equality in the past year. Importantly, these wins do more than advance gender justice; they help to address the root causes of some of the greatest challenges we face today.

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    Harmonising standards on statelessness determination in Europe

    1 March 2018 | Noémi Radnai, JD in Law, Eötvös Loránd University and MA in International Relations, Corvinus University of Budapest

    Nationality is the closest legal tie between a natural person and a state. Stateless individuals lack this bond. To provide stateless persons with basic human rights, the international community created an autonomous protection status by adopting the 1954 Convention relating to the Status of Stateless Persons. However, to be able to properly identify the beneficiaries of this protection status, States need to establish and employ a statelessness determination procedure.

  • Francisco Quintana, Americas Network on Nationality and Statelessness; Maha Mamo, stateless refugee in Brazil; Juan Ignacio Mondelli, UNHCR Statelessness Unit

    Lessons learned from the Americas: political will and coordinated action to eradicate statelessness

    22 February 2018 | Francisco Quintana, co-founder Americas Network on Nationality and Statelessness

    Since the launch of UNHCR’s #IBelong Campaign in 2014, it has been suggested that the Americas could be the first “statelessness free” region.

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    Citizenship deprivation: differential treatment or discrimination?

    15 February 2018 | Sangita Jaghai, PhD Candidate Tilburg Law School

    After just three months in office, the Netherland’s Minister of Justice, Ferdinand Grapperhaus has already expressed his intention to strip two dual citizens of their Dutch nationality. The two brothers are currently in the Netherlands and have previously been convicted for acts of terrorism.