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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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I Am Human: New UNHCR report reveals the experiences of stateless people in the UK

In the final instalment of our three blog series focusing on the UK, the experiences of stateless people are brought to light in UNHCR’s new report,…
/ Zainnab Makele, Protection Associate, UNHCR UK
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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
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Representing stateless people in the UK: a practitioner’s view

A recently published UNHCR audit of statelessness determination in the UK showed that, whilst there is some positive practice in the UK’s…
/ Claire Splawn - Statelessness Project Coordinator and Caseworker, Asylum Aid
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Statelessness Determination in the UK: UNHCR audit reveals the need for fundamental changes in approaches taken to decision making

UNHCR has published a report detailing findings from its audit of the UK's statelessness determination procedure. The report reveals a number of…
/ Sarah Elliott – Legal Officer, UNHCR UK
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Celebrating Pro Bono Week: How lawyers can support charities to address statelessness

Over the last few years, Akin Gump lawyers have been providing pro bono casework support to Asylum Aid, as well as supporting the development of a…
/ Rebecca Carwood Barron, Christopher Beardmore (Associates at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld) and James Glaysher (Counsel at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld)
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Understanding and addressing childhood statelessness in the UK: Introducing our new project

With a few notable exceptions, statelessness has so far received limited attention among child rights and migration advocates in the UK, yet figures…
/ Jessie Seal, Senior Child Rights Coordinator (UK), European Network on Statelessness
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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
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"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
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Improvements and challenges in UK’s new guidance on statelessness applications

The new Tottenham Hotspur football team manager, José Mourinho, recently vowed that he won't repeat his past mistakes, but instead will make new…
/ Cynthia Orchard, Statelessness Policy and Casework Coordinator at Consonant (formerly Asylum Aid)
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Statelessness is back (not that it ever went away...)

Citizenship deprivation and statelessness are very much back in fashion. States increasingly resort to such measures to deal with those returning…
/ Guy Goodwin-Gill, Professor of Law at the University of New South Wales and Emeritus Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford
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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