“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.

  • #StatelessnessINDEX – a new tool to raise awareness on gaps in French law, policy and practice

    1 November 2018 | Cécile Queval, European Advocacy Officer - Forum réfugiés - Cosi

    Forum réfugiés-Cosi has been working in defense of the right to seek asylum and on reception of asylum seekers and refugees in France since 1982. While statelessness is not explicitly written into our core mission, it is an issue of concern given the nexus between forced migration and statelessness. Since 2012, we’ve worked to support the essential work of the European Network on Statelessness to promote the right of all individuals to a nationality and to advocate for the full protection of stateless persons’ human rights in France.

  • Using the #StatelessnessIndex as a teaching tool: enhancing the capacity of legal aid centres and improving the quality of legal assistance for stateless people

    26 October 2018 | Mykhailo Sorochyshyn and Oleksandr Snitko, The Tenth of April

    Comparative tools such as the #StatelessnessINDEX are not only useful for identifying deficiencies in national legal frameworks and assisting in the development of domestic policies based on best practice, but can also be used to improve the quality of free legal advice for stateless people. This approach was used in Ukraine as part of a training for legal aid practitioners organised by Desyate Kvitnya.

  • Work to Belong: A new approach is needed to resolve the employment challenges faced by stateless persons in the EU

    18 October 2018 | Katalin Berényi, National University of Public Service, Hungary, JHA Expert

    The right to work, at least in principle, is considered a fundamental human right; it is enshrined in Article 23(1) of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as well as in Article 15 of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights. More importantly, the right to engage in decent work is also widely seen as an important factor of human dignity and self-esteem.

  • Looking back, looking forward – Solving statelessness in Europe

    11 October 2018 | Chris Nash, Director of the European Network on Statelessness

    Writing this blog on the train back from Strasbourg, it’s hard not to feel inspired by the many people with whom I’ve spent the last four days discussing how together we can tackle statelessness in Europe. Mixed in with some tiredness, there is also a proud glow about how far we have developed as a Network since we held our first Annual General Conference in Strasbourg back in 2014.

  • Living in the shadows

    Not just a simple twist of fate: statelessness in Lithuania and Latvia

    4 October 2018 | Jo Venkov, Lawyer and writer on statelessness, identity, citizenship and belonging

    Statelessness seems to just happen to people, doesn’t it? Quirky circumstances of birth, unexpected conflict causing people to migrate, state boundaries changing: all contribute to the 10 million stateless individuals around the world. It is easy to forget that the decisions states make about how they treat those within their borders are a major cause of statelessness.

  • New #RomaBelong research documents the effects of statelessness on Roma living in Ukraine and sets recommendation on how to tackle it

    28 September 2018 | Mykhailo Sorochyshyn, The Tenth of April

    Even though Ukraine was among the first post-Soviet countries to adopt its own legislation on citizenship, the issue of statelessness continues to be unresolved. The issue is both little-known and extremely detrimental to the wellbeing of those who find themselves without a nationality – this is especially true for members of minority groups.

  • The girl who lost her country

    The Girl Who Lost Her Country

    20 September 2018 | Amal de Chickera, Co-Director of the Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion

    Hello there!

    I’m glad you stopped by.

    I’d like to introduce you to someone very special.

    Meet Neha. She is just 12 years old. (It’s funny how we say that isn’t it? We would never say that of an adult. But with children, we tend to assume that being extraordinary or courageous or brilliant is even more special than it is in an adult.)

  • Chasing shadows: making statelessness visible in Poland

    10 September 2018 | Katarzyna Przybysławska, Director of the Halina Niec Legal Aid Center

    Ever since its foundation in 2002, the Halina Niec Legal Aid Center (HNLAC) has been providing free legal assistance to refugees and asylum seekers in Poland while simultaneously implementing a range of monitoring, training, research and advocacy initiatives, focusing on refugee protection. Over the 16 years of its existence, HNLAC has assisted in approximately 15,000 individual cases and has grown to become the leading Polish NGO providing regular legal aid to asylum seekers.

  • Au revoir!

    ENS blog is going on a holiday

    8 August 2018 | ENS Secretariat

    ENS blog will be taking a short summer break and will be back in September.

    To get your fill of nationality and statelessness updates in the meantime, follow our regular updates on Twitter and Facebook, or revisit three of the most read blogs in 2018 (so far).

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    Alpeyeva and Dzhalagoniya v. Russia: Mass-confiscation of passports violates ECHR Article 8

    2 August 2018 | Katja Swider, University of Amsterdam

    On 12 June the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) declared a violation of the right to private life (Article 8) of two individuals who were left stateless in Russia for several years as a result of bureaucratic deficiencies not attributable to them.