“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.

  • Protecting Stateless Palestinian Refugees – The EU Court of Justice opens a new chapter

    16 April 2013 | Gábor Gyulai, Refugee Programme Coordinator, Hungarian Helsinki Committee

    The European Network on Statelessness (ENS) advocates for the creation of statelessness-specific protection regimes all over Europe. Where such systems are in place, stateless persons are entitled to a protection status based only on the fact that they have no nationality. This model, however, is not the only protection path for stateless persons in a migratory situation.

  • Bringing legal ghosts out of the shadows – Welcoming a new UK statelessness determination procedure

    7 April 2013 | Chris Nash, International Protection Policy Coordinator at Asylum Aid

    Back in November 2011 Asylum Aid and UNHCR published their joint study Mapping Statelessness in the United Kingdom. Over the course of a year we mapped the number and profile of stateless persons in the UK and sought to put a human face on their situation by conducting interviews across the country.

  • Roma statelessness in Italy – field research reveals long-awaited data

    3 April 2013 | Daniela Di Rado, Italian Council for Refugees (CIR)

    The Italian Council for Refugees (CIR), with the support of Open Society Foundations, issued its study summarizing the results of the project “In the Sun – A survey on the phenomenon of statelessness among Roma communities living in Italy” in February 2013.

  • Europe’s Birth Registration Stumbling Blocks

    27 March 2013 | Christina E. Lee, lawyer and legal researcher

    It is well-established that one of the best ways of preventing statelessness is by ensuring universal birth registration of all children, regardless of the status of their parents.

  • Innovations in Russian Legislation on Citizenship

    20 March 2013 | Svetlana Gannushkina, Chair of the Civic Assistance Committee and a Member of the Council of the Memorial Human Rights Centre

    Against the backdrop of crazy laws and bills, that have been passed or that are being currently examined by the State Duma of the Russian Federation, the positive amendments that have been introduced into the Federal Law of the Russian Federation “On Citizenship of the Russian Federation” stand out, especially as they are directed at solving such long-standing issues. 

  • Debating the ‘right to citizenship’

    11 March 2013 | Laura van Waas, Senior Researcher and Manager of the Statelessness Programme, Tilburg University

    As part of a special programme of events to celebrate the European Year of the Citizen, the Maastricht Centre for Human Rights last week hosted a seminar entitled ‘The Right to Citizenship: Towards fuller implementation of Article 15 UDHR’.

  • No Residence, No Rights

    6 March 2013 | Milijana Trifkovic, Legal Analyst, Praxis

    In many countries there is a circle of rights which are reserved only for their own nationals and that is one of the main facts that gives significance to nationality. In Serbia, however, having nationality is not a sufficient condition for a person to be able to access rights that the citizenship status should imply.

  • Access to Citizenship and its Impact on Integration: Growing attention on the role of the European Union in tackling statelessness?

    26 February 2013 | Chris Nash, International Protection Policy Coordinator at Asylum Aid

    Last Friday saw an event in Brussels organised by the Migration Policy Group (MPG) to present EUDO CITIZENSHIP’s latest research as part of an EU-level debate on future European cooperation on the acquisition and loss of nationality.

  • Statelessness having been mapped, it’s time to act now for Belgian authorities, before momentum passes

    13 February 2013 | Ruben Wissing, Jurist policy coordinator at Belgian Refugee Council (BCHV-CBAR)

    Last Wednesday 6th February 2013, UNHCR finally presented its ‘Mapping Statelessness in Belgium’ report in the National Parliament.

  • An unexpected frontrunner - Tackling statelessness in Iraq

    8 February 2013 | Karel Hendriks

    It may surprise some that in 2010, no country in the world achieved a larger reduction in statelessness than Iraq. A new constitution granting the right to confer citizenship to men and women equally, and a nationality law that is among the most progressive in the Middle East have made Iraq into something of a frontrunner. A number of articles in the nationality law even explicitly allow for the re-acquisition of nationality by groups that were denaturalised during Saddam Hussein's regime.