“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.

  • 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.

  • ENS at the second anniversary of the #iBelong campaign

    Making the case for the role of young people and civil society in ending statelessness – ENS at the second anniversary of the #iBelong campaign

    28 October 2016 | Ivan Kochovski - ENS Youth Ambassador

    “How lucky I was that the only obstacle in fulfilling my potential was myself. Whatever I did and wherever I went I did not have to prove who I am, only what I have done and what I can do. In stark contrast, children who are born stateless often cannot fulfill their potential and achieve their dreams. But this, as we have already heard, is a preventable problem and there are many things we can and must do to address it.”

  • Germany, Reichstag

    Lack of data as an obstacle to addressing statelessness in the context of the refugee crisis in Germany

    19 October 2016 | Helena-Ulrike Marambio, Postgraduate Researcher - University of Essex

    Getting a clear picture of the situation of stateless people in Germany is tricky because information provided by the authorities is scattered and incomplete. Moreover, the complexity of the domestic law, the absence of a dedicated statelessness determination procedure, and the German language pose several barriers for those wishing to navigate and/or understand the legal and administrative system.

  • Inage © Greg Constantine

    Proposal for legislation on statelessness in the Netherlands: A bittersweet victory

    12 October 2016 | Katja Swider, PhD researcher (University of Amsterdam) and Caia Vlieks, PhD researcher (Tilburg University)
  • Swing

    Invisible kids: Localising children’s right to a nationality

    4 October 2016 | Jason Tucker, Researcher and ENS Associate Member

    When we assess progress towards the goal of ending childhood statelessness, we often do so by dividing the world into nation-States. The introduction of safeguards into State’s citizenship laws, to prevent a child being born stateless, is often seen as the goal. Once in place we feel children are better protected. We can tick that State off the list and focus energy on other troublesome States without safeguards. However, upon hearing Faith’s story I began to question this approach.

  • Home office building

    An Update on Statelessness Determination and Status in the UK - "Need for Fair and Timely Decisions"

    30 September 2016 | Cynthia Orchard, Legal Policy Officer at Asylum Aid

    Some stateless persons living in the UK face harsh realities. Most stateless people without legal status cannot leave the UK because no country will accept them, but without status and without permission to work, they are vulnerable to destitution, homelessness, depression, and exploitation. Their circumstances may cause them to be separated from their families, and, as discussed in a forthcoming ENS report on detention of stateless persons in the UK, sometimes they are detained for years.

  • Citizenship Rights in Africa Initiative - Homepage

    Introducing the Citizenship Rights Africa website

    20 September 2016 | Bronwen Manby, Senior Visiting Fellow at the LSE Centre for the Study of Human Rights

    Readers of the European Network on Statelessness blog may be interested in the newly relaunched website Citizenship Rights in Africa Initiative. The website is intended as a resource for activists working for the eradication of statelessness and the realisation of the right to a nationality in Africa, providing them with comparative data and facilitating collaboration through information exchange about what others are doing.

  • South African courts confirm the right to nationality of a stateless child

    South African courts confirm the right to nationality of a stateless child - 20 year old legal principle protecting stateless children is finally implemented

    13 September 2016 | Liesl Muller, Head of the Statelessness Project at Lawyers for Human Rights

    On 6 September 2016 a 4 year court battle of a stateless child to access South African citizenship came to an end. Even though South African law provides citizenship by birth to stateless children born in the territory, Daniella had to spend 4 of her 8 years fighting to be recognised.

  • Diana Ilareva

    Bulgaria is introducing a statelessness determination procedure. Or is it?

    8 September 2016 | Dr. Valeria Ilareva, Foundation for Access to Rights - FAR

    On the surface, yes, Bulgaria is for the first time introducing a statelessness determination procedure in its national legislation. But scratch a bit deeper and it’s obvious that the qualification criteria threshold is so high that it renders the new protection provisions practically inapplicable.

  • Yana Toom, MEP

    The fight for voting rights of stateless persons in Estonia and Latvia

    27 July 2016 | Yana Toom, Member of the European Parliament (ALDE)

    Three Members of the European Parliament have bundled their powers in the fight for voting rights of stateless persons in Estonia and Latvia.


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