WEBINAR: Children’s right to a nationality and birth registration

16 May 2023 13:00 - 13:45 CEST

This webinar aims to build practical awareness of how to recognise risks of statelessness and ensure that refugee children are protected and have full access to their rights. It was the third event in our #StatelessJourneys webinar series on Identifying and Addressing Statelessness in the Refugee Context.



Webinar overview

This webinar will focus on how frontline refugee responders can identify (risk of) childhood statelessness during asylum procedures, tools for responding to, recording and referring cases of statelessness, and offer an introduction to what needs to change at the policy and operational level.

Children of refugees from certain countries are at heightened risk of being stateless. In host countries where the nationality laws contain safeguards to prevent childhood statelessness, the failure to identify the risk of childhood statelessness can result in such safeguards not being properly applied in practice, and a stateless child may not acquire the nationality of that country even though eligible to do so.

Identifying statelessness is critical to determining international protection needs. In countries of origin or former habitual residence, children may be at risk of persecution or be unable to avail themselves of state protection because of their statelessness. A host state’s failure to identify statelessness can also put children at risk and cause serious human rights violations.

A stateless refugee child whose statelessness remains unidentified may be at heightened risk of living in extreme poverty for extended periods and being pushed into exploitative situations. Failure to identify statelessness can also lead to difficulties for stateless children to access family reunification and naturalization.

Children born in situations of war or forced migration are at heightened risk of not having their birth registered in any country (whether born in their parents’ country of origin/former habitual residence, a transit country, or in a host country).  A child whose birth is not registered is at increased risk of not being considered a national of any country and not being able to access other rights, such as education, welfare benefits, and healthcare.


13:00-13:05 Welcome

13:05-13:20 Presentation by Cynthia Orchard, European Network on Statelessness

ENS will present on its briefings on Children's Rights to a Nationality and Birth Registration

13:20-13:35 Presentation by Milan Brglez MEP (S&D, Slovenia), Vice-Chair of the Child Rights Intergroup

An overview of the work of the European Parliament Intergroup on Children's Rights and how it relates to stateless refugee children. 

13:35-13:45 Q&A & closing remarks

Who is the webinar aimed at?

This webinar is aimed at anyone working within the refugee or asylum context, particularly those who work with children who are seeking asylum or other protection, including government and civil society practitioners, community representatives, social workers, and others.



Milan Brglez

MEP Milan Brglez

(S&D, Slovenia) Vice-Chair of the Child Rights Intergroup

Cynthia Orchard

Cynthia Orchard

Consultant working with ENS and other organisations

About the Series

Many frontline refugee practitioners have limited awareness of statelessness or how to identify or adequately assist stateless persons with issues relating to lack of nationality.

The Stateless Journeys campaign and website was launched by ENS in late 2022, to build awareness around how statelessness plays out in refugee communities. We have launched eight short briefings relating to various aspects of (risk of) statelessness, designed to increase awareness particularly amongst frontline practitioners on how to respond adequately. These are available in 10 different languages.

This series of 4 short webinars from March to May 2023 will offer an introduction to refugee practitioners on issues covered in the briefing tools and build awareness around addressing statelessness.

Other topics in the series

[WATCH] Improving identification of statelessness in asylum registration and screening

[WATCH] Protection: determining statelessness in the refugee context

[REGISTER] Detention and return - protecting the rights of stateless people


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