ENS Blog: Year in Review

Charlotte Armstrong, ENS
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2022 marks ten years since the launch of the ENS blog. Since then, we've published more than 480 contributions written by over 250 different authors. In 2022 alone, our blogs and editorials have so far amassed over 39,000 reads. We’ll be taking a break until January, but as 2022 draws to a close, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most popular posts in case you’ve missed them the first time around.


This year has been as busy as ever, in great part thanks to our members and partners who've worked with us to help make real progress in ending statelessness in Europe. 

Despite the war in Ukraine and ongoing challenges we face, we’re proud of the continued impact we have achieved together with our members and partners this year. For a quick snapshot of everything we’ve been up to recently, check out our latest newsletter, published last week.

... and thank YOU!

We would like to thank all of our readers and contributors for making the ENS blog a central hub for discussion on recent policy developments, activism, litigation and much more.

In case you missed any of this years’ blog posts the first time around, take a look at the list below as we revisit some of the top posts of 2022.

Top blog posts of 2022

An update on barriers to citizenship facing stateless children in the UK

Solange Valdez-Symonds (The Project for the Registration of Children as British Citizens) and Steve Valdez-Symonds (Amnesty UK)

This post provides an analysis of changes affecting children’s rights to be registered as British citizens, following the recent amendments to UK law.

Landmark judgment from Spain: court grants Spanish nationality to a stateless child born en route

José Alberto Navarro and Laura Lozano (Uría Menéndez and Fundación Profesor Uría) and Cristina Manzanedo (Programa Ödos)

From the legal team who successfully protected a child from statelessness in Spain, this piece provides an analysis of the evidence to support similar cases.

Stateless people gain access to documentation in Russia

Olga Abramenko (Anti-Discrimination Centre Memorial)

An update on how legal amendments in the Russian Federation resulted in authorities issuing almost 600 temporary identity documents to stateless people, allowing them to legally live and work in Russia.

Assisting stateless people trapped in Ukraine: report from the ground

Kseniia Karahiaur and Oleksandra Aivazian (R2P Project on Legal Assistance to Stateless Population)

A situation update from our Ukrainian member on issues faced by stateless people trapped by the war in Ukraine.

When the Subaltern Speaks Online: Stateless Advocacy through the Post-Pandemic Digital Space

Joe Poladoghly

The digitalisation of workspaces during the pandemic has improved the inclusion of stateless advocates. This opens up new opportunities for the inclusion of stateless people in activism.

Amidst the unspeakable awfulness of the conflict in Ukraine we should not forget the particular protection needs of stateless people

Chris Nash (European Network on Statelessness)

Why addressing statelessness as part of the developing refugee response is crucial to ensuring that stateless people can access equal protection.

Children born in the largest refugee camp in the world teach us what being stateless means to them

Sirazul Islam (Youth Director, British Rohingya Community UK [BRC])

This blog reflects on a creative workshop with a group of Rohingya youth in Bradford, co-facilitated by British Rohingya Community UK and ENS, which resulted in this film on childhood statelessness in the UK.

Sweden needs automatic acquisition of nationality at birth for stateless children – here’s why

Jesus Tolmo García (PhD candidate, University of Murcia)

A disproportionate percentage of stateless people in Sweden are children. This is why Sweden urgently needs to adopt a new approach to tackling childhood statelessness.

“Please don't buy me a plane ticket to present at your event, I don't have a passport” – the birth of ENS’s community speaker policy

Lynn Al Khatib (Stateless Changemaker)

The ENS community speaker policy was co-designed with people affected by statelessness to provide good practice guidance on how to engage and work with community speakers. Lynn Al Khatib draws on a lifetime of personal and professional experience to explain why this policy is so needed.

Celebrating progress in the protection of rainbow families, but more needs to be done

Arpi Avetisyan (ILGA Europe) and Patrícia Cabral (ENS)

Latest updates on cases of children who are at risk of statelessness, simply because they were born to same-sex parents.

See you in 2023!

We will be taking a break for the remainder of December and will be back with new posts for you in January.

In the meantime, you can follow our updates on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and Facebook. You can also subscribe to our YouTube channel, which contains a growing library of videos on statelessness that you can explore and reference in your work and activism.