The European Network on Statelessness has published 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 45 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.