“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.

  • Roma in Macedonia - ERRC (@ERRCtweets)

    How to square a circle: contemplating the shades of minority statelessness

    1 February 2018 | Dr Julija Sardelić, Marie Curie Skłodowska Postdoctoral Fellow LINES – Leuven International and European Studies, University of Leuven

    In present times, ever more people dream of not being tied up to a certain state and becoming ‘citizens of everywhere’. This post-national dream entails crossing boundaries with great ease and being able to integrate without obstacles. Only a small number of people can actually live the dream of being 'citizens of everywhere'. But, in order to become a ‘citizens of everywhere’, you still need to initially be a ‘citizen of somewhere’.

  • UNHCR - Stateless Roma in Macedonia

    “The applicant, a stateless person” – Roma, statelessness and the European Court of Human Rights

    25 January 2018 | Ivan Kochovski, Member of Macedonian Young Lawyers Association

    On 15 June 2017, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), communicated the case HASANI v. the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (Application no. 4558/17). This is the most recent case which deals with a stateless Roma applicant, portraying the crippling effects statelessness and lack of documentation has on the Roma community in the Western Balkans.

  • ENS - Highlights from 2017

    Festive greetings to all of our readers

    21 December 2017 | ENS Team
    Thank you for following ENS updates in 2017. It's been a busy and successful year, in great part thanks to our membership and partners who've worked with us to help make real progress on tackling statelessness.

    We’ll be taking a short break, and are resuming our blog on the week of the 15th January. Meanwhile, we wish you all the best for 2018.

    -- ENS Team

  • #MYCS2017 - Malaysian Youth Congress on Statelessness, Kuala Lumpur

    #MYCS2017 - The first ever Malaysian Youth Congress on Statelessness

    12 December 2017 | Nandakumar NK and Gwendoline Esther Hay, Malaysian Youth Congress on Statelessness Delegates

    It has only been just over a month since the successful conclusion of the inaugural Malaysian Youth Network on Statelessness 2017 (MYCS 2017) and our tired team cannot help but look back in thankfulness to where our story first began.

  • World Council of Churches - Conference on Statelessness

    Churches’ advocacy for the rights of stateless people in Europe

    7 December 2017 | Dr Isabel Apawo Phiri, Deputy General Secretary: Public Witness and Diakonia, at the World Council of Churches

    The World Council of Churches in collaboration with Bread for the World organised a conference with a focus on statelessness in European context on 5-6 September in Berlin, to highlight prevention, reduction and protection of stateless people in Europe. The...

  • 'I feel that I belong too’ – stateless Roma in Europe

    1 December 2017 | Inge Sturkenboom, UNHCR

    Thirteen-year-old Lirije is a stateless Roma girl who lives in Skopje, in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Like her, more than 75% of the world’s known stateless populations belong to minority groups. This is one of the findings of the latest UNHCR report, “This is our home”: Stateless minorities and their search for citizenship, released on the third anniversary of the #IBelong Campaign in November 2017.

  • UK faith leaders urge government to end detention of stateless people

    23 November 2017 | David Bradwell, Refugee Co-ordinator for Scottish Faiths Action for Refugees and member of the Executive Committee of the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe

    Over the last three months, Scottish Faiths Action for Refugees and ENS have been working in partnership to promote the #LockedInLimbo campaign and to raise awareness about the plight of stateless people in the UK.

  • Mapping Statelessness in Sweden - publication cover

    Statelessness in Sweden and the case of unreturnable Moroccan "street children" left at risk of statelessness

    15 November 2017 | Isabelle Rothstein, MSc Global Migration (UCL) & Legal Volunteer (Asylum Aid)

    Almost a year has passed since UNHCR published its 2016 report Mapping Statelessness in Sweden, which critiqued Sweden for its lack of an official statelessness determination procedure. In the months that have passed since UNHCR published the report the country’s treatment, as well as general awareness of the issue has remained largely unchanged.

  • Mobilising to address statelessness in the Netherlands

    9 November 2017 | Marlotte van Dael, ASKV Refugee Support

    It’s Friday night in Amsterdam and I’m on my way home after the UNHCR’s #iBelong campaign event and the spin-off event organised by ASKV Refugee Support, the European Network on Statelessness and the Institute on Statelessness & Inclusion, being once again reminded about the most important element which remains at the forefront of the statelessness campaign work in the Netherlands: the importance of a...

  • Denial and denigration: How discrimination feeds statelessness

    31 October 2017 | Andrea Spitálszky, Europe Legal Officer, Minority Rights Group International (MRG)

    Ethnic, national, religious and linguistic minorities make up a disproportionate number of the world’s stateless population. While statelessness may be attributed to state succession, lack of birth registration or migration, in reality discrimination against these communities plays a crucial role in exposing minorities to statelessness. In Europe, one such group is Roma. Thousands are left stateless and struggling to access key services such as education, healthcare and housing.