We are compiling information on the situation in Ukraine, including a list of organisations providing advice to stateless people fleeing Ukraine.
The strength of solidarity shown across Europe - in particular in neighbouring countries - towards the people of Ukraine at this time of crisis is to be celebrated. Nevertheless, as more information emerges from what is a fast-moving situation on the ground, we now need to ensure no one is left behind, which includes those who are stateless or at risk of statelessness.
Access to protection for stateless people
The last census in Ukraine recorded 82,550 stateless people, and in 2021 UNHCR estimated there to be at least 35,000 stateless and people with ‘undetermined nationality’. Other sources suggest there could be many tens of thousands more, including a significant proportion of the Roma population as well as children born in Crimea, Luhansk and Donetsk since 2014.
Reports from our members working in Ukraine and the neighbouring countries suggest that stateless people fleeing the crisis may face additional barriers when seeking safety because of their lack of nationality or lack of civil documentation.
We’ve published two briefings based on the information collected from ENS members and partners working on the ground. The briefings also makes a series of recommendations to the EU, European States, international agencies and NGOs.
Country information for stateless people fleeing Ukraine
This series of briefings provides country-specific information for stateless people and those at risk of statelessness fleeing Ukraine.
These briefings are intended as a source of information for refugee response actors and affected individuals. The focus is on stateless people and people at risk of statelessness, including those who are undocumented. Links to more general information for refugees from Ukraine are provided throughout.
Advice and assistance for stateless people and those at risk of statelessness
Updated as of 22 March 2022
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The European Network on Statelessness cannot provide legal advice to stateless people directly, but our members listed below work in Ukraine and its Western bordering countries and provide either free or paid legal advice. They will never report undocumented or stateless people to the authorities. We encourage you to contact them by phone or email to see if they can help you.
European Network on Statelessness
A lists of ENS members in diffreent countries across Europe providing advice to stateless people.
A platform for stateless people with helpful information.
EU Agency for Asylum is running a survey for people fleeing the war in Ukraine. It will help EU+ countries to be better prepared & make tailored services available to stateless people, refugees and asylum seekers. The survey is available in English, Russian and Ukrainian. https://tellusyourstorysurvey.eu/index_lp.php
Hungarian Helsinki Committee
The Hungarian Helsinki Committee provides legal information, assistance and representation to persons who are fleeing Ukraine and come to Hungary.
Law Center of Advocates
КРАТКИЙ СПРАВОЧНИК ДЛЯ БЕЖЕНЦЕВ/ОК ИЗ УКРАИНЫ В МОЛДОВЕ - CDA
Statelessness hotline: +37369906400
Asylum hotline: +37368828180
Association for Legal Intervention (Stowarzyszenie Interwencji Prawnej)
Siedmiogrodzka 5/51, Warsaw
+36 1 336 3060
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