“Everyone has the right to a nationality”

CONFERENCE: "Protecting Stateless Persons from Arbitrary Detention"; 4-5 May 2017, Budapest

13 December 2016
ENS Detention Conference - Photo copyright: Greg Constantine

SAVE THE DATE / CALL FOR PROPOSALS (Please note that the conference will be advertised and registrations opened from the end of January)

On 4-5 May 2017, the European Network on Statelessness will hold a major conference in Budapest to launch a new comparative report as well as to provide a platform for concerted region-wide advocacy aimed at protecting stateless persons from arbitrary detention.

The conference (download the provisional agenda) is intended to facilitate the sharing of information among stakeholders from across Europe - including lawyers, NGOs and academics as well as representatives from governments, inter-governmental-organisations, ombudspersons/monitoring bodies and other stakeholders mandated to work on issues related to immigration detention.

How you can get involved

The conference will include a series of interactive panels which will include presentations by researchers from the six countries where ENS has already conducted dedicated research (Bulgaria, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Ukraine and the UK).

We are additionally inviting external proposals from other individuals and/or organisations which address the nexus between immigration detention and statelessness (including individuals at risk of statelessness or ‘unreturnable’) in Europe. We welcome proposals of research, projects or good practices that relate to the identification of statelessness, the decision to detain, procedural standards, alternatives to detention, re-documentation and return, release and re-detention, and/or other relevant issues. Presentations should be approximately 15 minutes and will need to be made in English.

In order to apply, please send your name/organization and proposed presentation title/abstract (max 200 words) to chris.nash@statelessness.eu by Monday 23 January. Please also contact the same email address if you have any questions in the meantime. Selections will be made by 30 January 2017.

The conference will be advertised and registrations opened from the end of January.

About our detention work

The increasing use of immigration detention and the criminalization of irregular migrants is a disturbing domestic and global trend. Stateless persons – individuals who lack a nationality – find themselves at particular risk of being arbitrarily detained.

ENS is undertaking a three-year project to map and research this phenomenon, to create advocacy tools and to train lawyers and NGOs to protect stateless persons from arbitrary detention. Project outputs to date include a series of country reports and a regional toolkit for practitioners - available on the ENS website.


ENS is grateful to UNHCR, Oak Foundation and the Sigrid Rausing Trust for their support of this event. The Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion is an expert partner for the ENS project “Protecting Stateless Persons from Arbitrary Detention”.

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