“Everyone has the right to a nationality”

Persons at risk of Statelessness in Serbia

The purpose of this report is to make visible persons who are facing obstacles in the Republic of Serbia in exercising their right to citizenship and to point to the necessity of solving their problems which have been ignored for too long. The report deals with the right to a nationality, first as prescribed by the international law and then as prescribed by the legal system of Serbia. It looks at ways of acquiring citizenship of Serbia and it introduces the situation of persons who are between statelessness and nationality. The main part of the report is focused on identified obstacles in the exercise of right to nationality in Serbia, as well as the categories of persons who are most affected by these obstacles and thus left at risk of statelessness. Finally, the report contains recommendations for overcoming identified obstacles that would contribute to preventing and reducing statelessness in Serbia.