Home Office consultation Blog

UK Home Office should seek to remove barriers faced by stateless children born in the UK rather than making it more difficult for them to acquire British citizenship

Following an online consultation on its "New Plan for Immigration", the UK Government needs to ensure that any proposed amendment to the…
/ Cynthia Orchard, ENS Individual member and Nina Murray, Head of Policy & Research at the European Network on Statelessness
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Shamima Begum Supreme Court judgment: What are the implications for statelessness cases?

Last week, the UK Supreme Court ruled in the case of Begum v Secretary of State for the Home Department, in favour of the Secretary of State and…
/ Alison Harvey, No5 Chambers and ENS Individual Member
UK CRC sumbmission Publications

Joint Submission to the Committee on the Rights of the Child at the 88th Pre-Sessional Working Group - United Kingdom

This submission to the 88th Pre-Sessional Working Group of the Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) on the right of every child to acquire and…
/ Submission
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Citizenship and the fall of the British Empire: A system of exclusion

After 258 years under British and French colonial rule, Mauritius gained independence in 1968. The new Constitution of Mauritius created different…
/ Rachel Pougnet, Researcher in citizenship and national security
Liew Teh Blog

"Everything is stuck”: Left in limbo and stateless as a British Overseas Citizen

I arrived in the UK in 2001 at the age of twenty from Malaysia, with feelings of excitement as I embarked on an Engineering Degree at the University…
/ Liew Teh
UK Statelessness travel document Blog

UK Home Office changes to Immigration Rules on statelessness: a mixed bag

The extension of stateless leave from 2.5 to 5 years is very welcome; other changes to the Immigration Rules relating to statelessness raise concerns.
/ Cynthia Orchard, Statelessness Policy and Casework Coordinator at Asylum Aid and Judith Carter, Lecturer and In-house Solicitor at the Liverpool Law Clinic
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The appalling mistreatment of a stateless human rights activist, barriers to British citizenship, and the power to bring change

Persecution and statelessness inflicted by the Bahraini Government Sayed Alwadaei is a soft-spoken but determined man from Bahrain. There is…
/ Cynthia Orchard Statelessness Policy and Casework Coordinator, Asylum Aid / Migrants Resource Centre
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Windrush scandal exposes what may lie ahead for children born in the UK growing up without citizenship

Last year, we wrote about the many barriers to stateless children born in the UK exercising their right to register as British citizens. Those…
/ Solange Valdez-Symonds, PRCBC and Steve Valdez-Symonds, Amnesty International UK
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The normalisation of exceptional powers: deprivation of nationality in France and in the UK

It is now widely accepted that the post 9/11 context prompted a dilution of the rights attached to citizenship.
/ Rachel Pougnet, PhD candidate at University of Bristol
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Barriers to citizenship facing stateless children born in the UK

Stateless children born in the UK have a right to register as British citizens after living here for a continuous period of five years. But various…
/ Solange Valdez-Symonds, PRCBC and Steve Valdez-Symonds, Amnesty International UK
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Joint Submission to the Human Rights Council at the 27th Session of the Universal Periodic Review - United Kingdom

This submission to the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) in relation to statelessness in the UK was made by Migrants Resource Centre, University of…
/ Submission
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Problems Faced by the Bidoons in the UK

The word ‘Bidoon’ refers to a diverse group of people in Kuwait who at the time of the country's move to independence were not given nationality.…
/ Nasser Al-Anezy, Chair and director of the Kuwaiti Community Association & Katia Bianchini, Max Planck Institute for Religious Studies and Ethnic Diversity