“Everyone has the right to a nationality”

Ending childhood statelessness

Across Europe today, children are still being born into statelessness. Many have inherited their statelessness from parents who were stateless before them, while others are the first in their family to experience statelessness, as the unsuspecting victims of a gap or conflict in nationality laws.

Whatever the circumstances in which childhood statelessness arises, the vast majority of those affected have been stateless since birth. They have never known the protection or sense of belonging which a nationality bestows. Yet, childhood statelessness is thoroughly preventable. International and regional standards in the fields of human rights, child rights and statelessness all protect the child’s right to acquire a nationality.

Eradicating childhood statelessness in Europe remains a top priority for ENS and its members. ENS has launched a Europe wide #StatelessKids campaign to coordinate actions and raise the profile of the issue across Europe.