“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.

  • 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.

  • #RomaBelong report cover

    #RomaBelong – Tackling Roma statelessness in the Western Balkans and Ukraine

    26 October 2017 | Nina Murray, European Network on Statelessness

    I feel bad because I am from here but they are not giving me citizenship. I feel I don’t belong here. God forbid if I die, they will not bury me because I do not have documents. It’s very hard for me. I have no job, but the most difficult part is that I don’t have any medical insurance and I have to pay for everything myself. Once, the doctor even paid for me because I was in a really bad state. If I have a nationality I will work and I will have more money to pay for it. I am frustrated all the time.

  • One man’s struggle for an identity

    19 October 2017 | Gerard van Leeuwen, Author

    We all know that some ten million people around the world are stateless. Often they are reduced to statistics, case files and quotes. Art can be a way to give these people faces. Like Greg Constantine and Anoek Steketee do through photographs, writing a literary non-fiction novel was my attempt to highlight the humanity of stateless people. The novel is a description of a single case, although calling it a case is already a mistake. The story I wrote is the story of a man, a human being, just like you and I.

  • Tomáš Boček, speaking at the ENS's #LockedinLimbo event at the Council of Europe

    How the Council of Europe is working to help protect stateless refugees and migrants from ending up #LockedinLimbo

    12 October 2017 | Tomáš Boček, CoE Secretary General's Special Representative on Migration and Refugees

    I was pleased to be able to lend my voice to the European Network on Statelessness’ #LockedInLimbo campaign at an event at the Parliamentary Assembly in Strasbourg yesterday. The campaign seeks to build a platform for action to protect stateless people from arbitrary detention in Europe.

  • Citizenship for sale – At a cost stateless people can ill afford

    5 October 2017 | Cynthia Orchard, Legal Policy Officer at Asylum Aid

    Stateless people in the UK face enormous hurdles in the road to becoming British citizens. One of those barriers is the extraordinarily high cost of acquiring British citizenship.

  • The Charter of Fundamental Rights and the protection of stateless people in the EU: a dormant giant?

    28 September 2017 | Dr Tamas MOLNAR, legal research officer on asylum, migration and borders European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (Vienna)*

    The EU Charter: a robust normative layer

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    They do exist: mapping statelessness in two pilot regions in Ukraine

    21 September 2017 | Ostap Tymchiy, Migration expert at The Right to Protection (in partnership with HIAS)

    Ukraine is most likely a host country to one of the largest populations of stateless people in Europe. Most likely, because nobody knows the exact number of stateless people living in Ukraine. The data from the last all-Ukrainian Census collected in 2001 is out of date. Since then the annexation of Crimea and the armed conflict in the East of Ukraine have put many additional people at risk of statelessness.

  • Understanding statelessness: what are the different contexts of statelessness in Europe

    14 September 2017 | Caia Vlieks, PhD Researcher at Tilburg University

    Over the years, ENS has collected numerous testimonies of stateless people from all over Europe. Their stories are very personal, but often point to similarities in their experiences of isolation and legal limbo.

  • Avoiding detention of stateless persons: UNHCR's new tool for identification and enhanced protection of stateless persons in detention

    7 September 2017 | Melanie Khanna, Chief of Statelessness Section and Madeline Garlick, Senior Legal Coordinator and Head of Protection Policy Legal Advice Section, Division of International Protection, UNHCR

    "Across the world, stateless persons face violations of their right to liberty and security. In some instances they have been in detention for years, not because they have committed a crime, but solely because they are not allowed to stay in the country and have nowhere else to go. If States don’t identify stateless persons and acknowledge their protection needs, such persons are at risk of repeated and prolonged detention. It is essential that States prevent and end this serious human rights violation.”

  • Blog Summer Break

    9 August 2017 | ENS Secretariat

    The ENS blog will be taking a summer break for a few weeks. We'll be back in September.

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    Wishing all of our followers happy and restful summer holidays (from a very rainy London).