“Everyone has the right to a nationality”

#StatelessKids Youth Congress 2016

#StatelessKids Youth Congress 2016

The European Network on Statelessness (ENS) is organising a three day event to engage with young socially conscious and active participants who are motivated to help us end childhood statelessness. The event will take place between 11 and 13 July at the Maastricht University Campus in Brussels.

ENS advocates that none of Europe’s children should be stateless. Currently thousands of children born in Europe are growing up without the protection or sense of belonging which a nationality bestows. ENS is running a region-wide campaign #StatelessKids to raise awareness and promote measures to ensure that children can realise their right to a nationality.

The upcoming youth congress will be an opportunity for a group of 35 selected young delegates (aged 18 to 28) to hear about the effects of statelessness and participate in trainings designed to equip them with skills necessary to become Youth Ambassadors supporting the #StatelessKids campaign in their own country and across Europe. Participants will have the opportunity to hear from leading experts and academics, UN agencies and Members of the European Parliament on the issue, as well as journalists, advocacy and communications experts on how to advocate for change.


To register your interest in attending the event please fill out this online form. It should take no more than 30 minutes. We will review all applications and will contact shortlisted prospective participants to further discuss their participation. The applications will close on 15 May.

ENS will offer a limited number of travel bursaries to help participants cover travel expenses to Brussels and will provide accommodation for all participants at a Youth Hostel close to the Maastricht University Campus in Brussels. You will be able to indicate if you need assistance with travel costs through the online form. Also, make sure to check with your University if they have a dedicated fund to cover travel expenses for students attending seminars. For further ideas on how to raise funds check online

Participants living in the following European countries which were identified as countries of particular interest through our research will be given a priority, but we welcome applications from all Council of Europe member states.

Albania, Estonia, Italy, Latvia, Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Norway, Cyprus, Switzerland, Netherlands, Lithuania, Hungary, Germany, Serbia, UK, France, Italy, Belgium, Spain, Ireland.

We would especially like to encourage young stateless or formerly stateless persons to register for the congress. Please indicate this on your application form and we will be in touch to discuss your participation.

Successful participants will be required to show in their application form that they will be able to participate in the preparatory work for the congress and that they will be able to follow up by dedicating time to the ENS campaign.


The congress will take place at the Maastricht University Campus building in Brussels and at the European Parliament building. The working language for the meeting is English.

DAY 1 – 11 July
1 - 1.30pmRegistration
1.30 - 2pmWelcome
2 - 3pmIntroduction and objectives
3 - 3.30pmCoffee Break
3.30 - 5.30pmUnderstanding statelessness
5.30 - 6.30pmHow to: Talk about statelessness
DAY 2 – 12 July
9.00 - 9.30pmWelcome and short participation exercise
9.30 - 10.30pmHow to: Influencing decision makers
11 - 11.30pmCoffee Break
11.30 - 12.30pmHow to: Working with the media
12.30 - 1.30pmLunch
1.30 -2.30pmHow to: Supporting the campaign online
2.30 – 4pmDeveloping an individual action plan
4.30 -5pmCoffee
5 - 6pmReport back
Free evening
DAY 3 – 13 July
9 - 10pm#Statelesskids campaign outreach work
10 - 11amWorking with ENS after the congress - follow up
11 -12pmTravel to EU Parliament
12 - 2pmEU parliament - Lunch meeting (key stakeholders)
2 - 3.30pmIndividual lobby actions and tour of EU Parliament
Supported by:
Youth Congress supporters: UNHCR and University of Maastricht