“Everyone has the right to a nationality”

Protecting stateless persons

Recent research reveals that the absence of a route by which stateless persons can regularise their status leaves these individuals at risk of a range of human rights abuses. Many stateless persons find themselves destitute or forced to sleep rough on the streets. Others are subjected to long term immigration detention despite there being no prospect of return. Few are in a position to break this cycle, and as a consequence are left in legal limbo for years.

Yet only a handful of European states have in place functioning statelessness determination procedures to help stateless migrants and rescue them from a lifetime in limbo. ENS has published a good practice guide on statelessness determination to assist states in this regard. You can also check our Statelessness INDEX for detailed analysis of law, policy and practice across 18 European countries.

Timed to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the 1954 Statelessness Convention, ENS has launched a pan-European campaign to improve the protection of stateless persons in Europe. This has included the gathering of testimonies from stateless migrants across Europe. The campaign concluded on 14 October 2014 with an event in Brussles.

We continue to work on the issue, alongside our member organisations across 41 countries.