“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.

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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 The data from the last all-Ukrainian Census collected in 2001 is out of date.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.

    In the meantime, you can follow our updates on Twitter and Facebook.

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

  • Turkish despair: The stripping of Turkish citizenship by the state

    3 August 2017 | Amal de Chickera, Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion

    This blog was first published by Thomson Reuters Foundation News on Friday 21 July 2017.

  • Spotlight on childhood statelessness in Austria

    27 July 2017 | Nina Murray, European Network on Statelessness, Carolin Seifriedsberger, DLA Piper, and Esther Ludwig, Diakonie Flüchtlingsdienst

    Today, at a launch event in Vienna, DLA Piper, Diakonie Flüchtlingsdienst and the European Network on Statelessness (ENS) will publish a report that sheds light on the issue of childhood statelessness in Austria.

  • Not a level playing field - Statelessness Determination in the EU

    20 July 2017 | Katia Bianchini, Researcher at the Max Planck Institute

    All European Union States but four (Malta, Poland, Cyprus, and Estonia) have ratified the 1954 Convention relating to the status of stateless persons (the 1954 Convention), which is the cornerstone of the international protection framework for the protection of stateless persons.

  • #LockedInLimbo – The Netherlands can stop the detention of stateless persons

    13 July 2017 | Marlotte van Dael, ASKV Refugee Support and Caia Vlieks, Tilburg University

    After being detained for the fifth time, Ivan from the former Soviet Union is out on the streets again. Or was this the sixth time in detention? He has lost count.

  • Landmark hearing of the European Parliament calls for bold action to address statelessness in the EU

    6 July 2017 | Chris Nash, Director of the European Network on Statelessness and Laura van Waas, Co-Director of the Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion

    For us and others who have been working to get statelessness higher up the EU’s agenda, last week’s landmark hearing in the European Parliament was a significant step forwards, and an important success for the 22,000 supporters who signed the ENS StatelessKids campaign petition which was addressed during the hearing.

  • How well do we really understand statelessness?

    28 June 2017 | Tendayi Bloom (Lecturer in Politics, The Open University), Phillip Cole (Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations, The University of the West of England, Bristol), Katherine Tonkiss (Lecturer in Sociology and Policy, Aston University)

    A new book on statelessness brings together scholars of statelessness, moral, political and legal theorists, activists, advocates, artists, and others, from across global regions, to dig deeper into the implications of statelessness for the way we understand the world and the positions of people within it.

    What sort of challenge is statelessness?