The European Network on Statelessness has launched a new report “No Child Should be Stateless” as part of its ongoing campaign seeking to end childhood statelessness in Europe.
The report offers a synthesis of research studies conducted by ENS members in eight European countries as well as analysis of nationality laws in all 47 Council of Europe states. It explains why many thousands of children continue to grow up stateless due to gaps in European nationality laws or obstacles preventing birth registration. The report reveals that even among those states that have acceded to relevant international conventions, more than half are still failing to properly implement their obligations to ensure that children acquire a nationality. ENS's research also sheds light on new and emerging cases of childhood statelessness, including the risk faced by children born to refugees and migrants or through surrogacy, adoption or to same sex couples.
No child chooses to be stateless but for those affected this can mean growing up without access to rights and services, denied opportunities, unfulfilled potential and a sense of never quite belonging. It brings hardship and anguish to children and their parents alike. Yet it is a problem that is entirely solvable, and the report concludes with a series of recommendations designed to guide action to more effectively address – and ultimately end – childhood statelessness in Europe.
Click here for further information about the campaign as well as the regional conference convened by ENS in Budapest in June 2015, and to access in-depth country studies conducted by ENS members in Albania, Estonia, Italy, Latvia, Macedonia, Poland , Romania and Slovenia.