“Everyone has the right to a nationality”

Children's Right to Nationality

Statelessness affects more than 12 million people around the world, among whom the most vulnerable are children. The Open Society Justice Initiative estimates that as many as 5 million may be minors.  The consequences of lack of nationality are numerous and severe.  Many  stateless  children  grow  up  in  extreme  poverty  and  are  denied  basic  rights  and services such as access to education and health care. Stateless children’s lack of identity documentation limits their freedom of movement.  They are subject to arbitrary deportation and prolonged detention, are vulnerable to social exclusion, trafficking and exploitation—including child labour. Despite its importance, children’s right to a nationality rarely gets the urgent attention it needs.

Source: Open Society Justice Initiative

Date: June 2011