Message from our Director
2021 and 2022 were momentous years for everyone, not least our members, partners and stateless communities fighting for the rights of stateless people across Europe.
We started 2021 still grappling with the effects of the pandemic - a period which was far from business as usual. After having successfully adapted to this new post-Covid landscape, we were immediately confronted with how to step up and respond to mass displacement resulting from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February 2022. I’m incredibly proud of how we as a network responded to these challenges. As well as underscoring the great passion, drive and resilience of our members and communities navigating this period, a few aspects stand out.
Firstly, to acknowledge the visible and growing impact of stateless changemakers on our work and wider change efforts. Community engagement is a core priority for us where we have made real progress, as highlighted in this report. But we recognise we need to get even better at enabling and supporting the vital participation of stateless people in advocacy spaces and policy-making that impact their lives.
We also understand the continuing need to address the intersectional and cross-cutting nature of statelessness. This report sets out how we are impacting nexus policy agendas on child rights, anti-discrimination and forced migration – including through our #StatelessJourneys campaign.
Together, we are achieving impact and influencing regional advocacy processes such as the EU’s child rights strategy, Roma inclusion strategy and the Asylum & Migration Pact, as well as leveraging international advocacy opportunities through UNHCR’s #IBelong campaign and the Global Refugee Forum. In parallel, we support our members to achieve national law and policy reform.
We ended 2022 by celebrating our 10th anniversary so the centrefold to this report seeks to capture and honour the collective progress we have made since launching as a network in 2012.
This year, we’re evaluating our impact over recent years to help prepare our next five-year strategy. Now is therefore a pivotal moment to reflect, re-group and move forward with even greater energy and determination.
I urge you to take a moment to read and learn more about our work. Warm appreciation goes to all our wonderful members, stateless changemakers and partners who helped get us where we are today. Thank you for your ongoing support!
We would like to acknowledge the generous support we receive from our funders.
Our litigation work has also received financial support and time contributions through our pro-bono partnerships with a number of law firms, including Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, DAC Beachcroft, Fragomen, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Herbert Smith Freehills, Hogan Lovells and DLA Piper. These partnerships are essential to the development and continuous improvement of our case law database.