Myanmar has a population of 50.3 million people. The country is also home to an estimated 495,939 stateless Rohingya, the country’s main stateless population. Other stateless minority groups are also present in the country, as well as individuals who have been left stateless due to flaws and gaps in Myanmar’s Citizenship Law. One of the most significant problems with Myanmar’s Citizenship Law is its discriminatory nature because of its focus on race and ethnicity. There are no protection measures against the deprivation of nationality and statelessness, with corruption practices perpetuating the issue.
This country position paper produced by the European Network on Statelessness and the Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion provides information on the profiles of stateless individuals and persons who may be at risk of statelessness due to nationality or civil documentation problems in Myanmar.
A series of awareness-raising, training and advocacy tools, including position papers on countries of origin; country briefings on statelessness in European countries; webinars; podcasts; and other advocacy tools are available for download and wider use from the Stateless Journeys website.