“Everyone has the right to a nationality”

Statelessness in the EU Framework for International Protection

Published: September 2012

Every year Europe faces the arrival of thousands of stateless migrants in search of a more dignified life. Most of them are in need of protection. In most EU member states, statelessness is predominantly a migratory phenomenon and often linked to forced migration. Yet, statelessness has to-date not been part of mainstream European policy discussions on international protection. Consequently, statelessness frequently remains a hidden phenomenon in the EU, making persons without a nationality invisible and living on the margins of society. This article examines the EU framework for international protection and the forms of protection stateless forced migrants can currently count on in the Union.

Source: European Journal of Migration Law 14 (2012), Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, The Netherlands

Date: 2012