Statelessness and the EU Pact on Asylum and Migration: Analysis and Recommendations


Read our updated analysis from June 2023 here. 

This analysis focuses on the impact the proposals set out by the European Commission in September 2020 would have on the fundamental rights of stateless migrants and refugees, and makes concrete recommendations on how these should be addressed as an integral part of negotiations on, and implementation of the Pact.

Report cover: Statelessness and the EU Pact on Asylum and Migration

As it was presented, the Pact makes no mention of the rights of stateless people, nor does it provide any clarity on how to respond to the specific protection challenges faced by stateless refugees and migrants. The existing EU asylum and migration acquis contains no reference to the rights due to stateless people under international law, so perhaps we should not have been surprised by the Pact’s blind spot in this area, despite previous dedicated European Council Conclusions on Statelessness, and research clearly showing that whether someone is stateless impacts on their migration journey in innumerable ways.

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