“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.

  • Season’s greetings from everyone at ENS

    22 December 2016 | ENS Team

    Dear Reader,

    Thank you for following ENS updates on statelessness and nationality law in 2016. It's been a very busy and successful year, in great part thanks to our membership, youth ambassadors and our partners who've worked with us to help make real progress on tackling statelessness.

    We’ll be taking a short 2 week break, and are resuming our blog on the week of the 9th January.

    In the mean time, we wish you all the best for 2017.

  • Report cover: Protecting stateless persons from arbitrary detention in Ukraine

    The situation of stateless persons in Ukraine: is there light at the end of the tunnel?

    20 December 2016 | Ostap Tymchiy, Advocate, Expert on migration at The Right to Protection in partnership with HIAS

    “I am not a criminal. I am an educated person, I must have more rights. This detention looks like criminal detention but I am not a criminal”.

  • Halina Niec Legal Aid Center - #StatelessKids camapig in Poland

    #StatelessKids in Poland – Giving stateless children a voice

    15 December 2016 | Katarzyna Przybysławska, Director of the Halina Niec Legal Aid Center

    Dear Mr President,

    There are many stateless people living in Poland. They have no chance of a normal life, they cannot access higher education or even rent an apartment. Did you know about this? I didn’t. Now that I do, I would like to ask you to make Poland sign the Convention Relating to the Status of Stateless Persons.


  • #StatelessKids in Slovenia – The Peace Institute and ENS Youth Ambassadors show innovation is key when speaking about statelessness to new audiences

    8 December 2016 | Katarina Vučko (Peace Institute Slovenia); Sara Horvat, Nina Markovič, Sara Bagari (ENS Youth Ambassadors)

    As part of a push to end childhood statelessness in Europe, ENS organised a region-wide campaign #StatelessKids to raise awareness and promote measures to ensure that children can realise their right to a nationality. In addition to the pan-European aspect of the campaign (which was covered on this blog) a wide range of activities were organies by ENS memebrs on the national level.

  • Report cover: "understanding statelessness in the Syria refugee context"

    Helping refugee practitioners working on the Syria crisis to understand statelessness

    30 November 2016 | Laura van Waas, Co-Director of the Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion
  • Working together to end childhood statelessness in Europe

    24 November 2016 | Jean Lambert MEP and Manlio Di Stefano PACE Member

    Should Europe be doing more to tackle childhood statelessness? Absolutely. To discuss how to push the issue further up the agenda and to find new ways of working together influential actors from the Council of Europe, European Parliament and civil society gathered together on 22 November at an evening reception in Strasbourg to mark the #StatelessKids campaign.

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    Counting down the days in detention: the situation of stateless persons in Bulgaria

    18 November 2016 | Dr. Valeria Ilareva, Foundation for Access to Rights - FAR

    Tarek, a stateless person originating from Afghanistan, is counting down the days till 27 November. It's when he will have spent 18 months in immigration detention, the maximum time allowed under Bulgarian and European Union law. At that point he will have to be released. For all the time spent in detention the authorities haven't been able to deport him. He was never identified as stateless prior or during detention, but was registered as an Afghan national.

  • ENS Detention Report cover

    Facing a lifetime of uncertainty: Protecting stateless persons from arbitrary detention in the UK

    10 November 2016 | Katia Bianchini, ENS researcher & Max Planck Institute for Religious Studies and Ethnic Diversity (Goettingen, Germany)

    There are no human rights in the United Kingdom”, said Yassin, a stateless Bidoon from Kuwait in his late twenties. He came to the UK in 2007 to seek asylum but his claim was refused. Later he contacted the Kuwaiti embassy only to find out that he cannot apply for citizenship. He has been in the UK on temporary admission for nine years. He is frustrated and without any faith in the system which he thinks is unjust and arbitrary.

  • #StatelessKids - Every child has the right to a nationality

    Important victory for stateless children born in Norway

    7 November 2016 | Marek Linha, Adviser at the Norwegian Organisation for Asylum Seekers (NOAS)

    The Norwegian Ministry of Justice and Public Security has issued a new instruction to the immigration authorities to align their practice with Norway’s international obligations – making an important step towards ensuring that no child born in Norway remains stateless, following advocacy efforts made by the UNHCR and the Norwegian organization for Asylum Seekers (NOAS), with support provided by the European Network on Statelessness – including through its #StatelessKids campaign and using the...

  • Statelessness and applications for leave to remain - UK best practice guide

    Strengthening legal practice on statelessness in the UK

    2 November 2016 | Sarah Woodhouse and Judith Carter, in-house solicitors at Liverpool Law Clinic, University of Liverpool

    The UK’s procedure for granting statelessness leave holds out a promise of protection to people who are stateless, but there is a danger that its potential will not be fulfilled and that stateless people in the UK will not benefit from it. Given the challenges faced by many stateless persons in the UK – many have no permission to work or access to benefits and some face lengthy periods of time in immigration detention - this is a serious matter.