Finnish flags Blog

The Finnish reform of the Nationality Act from a statelessness perspective: the good, the bad and the ugly

Following the election of a new Finnish government in 2023, the coalition in power has been pushing for reform of the current Nationality Act and…
/ Michel Rouleau-Dick, Postdoctoral Researcher at the Institute for Human Rights – School of Law – Faculty of Social Sciences, Economics and Law (FSEJ), Åbo Akademi University
Child and progress pride flag Blog

Celebrating progress in the protection of rainbow families, but more needs to be done

Since the day they were born, baby Sara and baby Sofia have been waiting to receive an identity document or a passport and are at risk of…
/ Arpi Avetisyan, ILGA Europe & PatrĂ­cia Cabral, ENS
BRC Blog

Children born in the largest refugee camp in the world teach us what being stateless means to them

From being born without a State in the world's largest refugee camp to struggling to gain nationality in diaspora communities, statelessness has…
/ Sirazul Islam, Youth Director of British Rohingya Community UK (BRC)
Image by Annie Spratt via Unsplash Blog

Birth registration of Roma children is becoming more difficult: a case study from Serbia

This piece draws on Praxis’ work providing free legal aid to people at risk of statelessness in Serbia. It details the case of Sara, a Roma child…
/ Milan Radojev, Legal Coordinator, Praxis
Roma Versitas Kosovo Blog

The Roma Belong Project: Supporting Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities in Kosovo

Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities in Kosovo are disproportionately affected by the risk of statelessness and its associated impact on accessing…
/ Avni Mustafa, Roma Versitas Kosovo
Image by Katherine Hanlon via Unsplash Blog

Transforming Gender Discriminatory Legal Frameworks: Reflecting on Transitional Justice as a Site for Combating Statelessness in Syria

This blog was first published by the University of Melbourne's Critical Statelessness Studies Blog in January 2022. We are re-posting it now to…
/ Roua Al Taweel, PhD researcher at Ulster University’s Transitional Justice Institute (TJI)
Strasbourg conference; Image via Council of Europe Blog

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and statelessness on Roma women and girls

In November 2021, the 8th International Roma Women’s Conference took place in a hybrid format, organised by the Council of Europe’s Roma and…
/ Valerie Poppe, Roma and Travellers Team, Council of Europe
(c) Greg Constantine Legally Invisible in Serbia Blog

Vicious circles of Roma statelessness in Serbia – A road map

The Roma community in Serbia continues to endure challenges when it comes to birth registration and citizenship acquisition. The risk of…
/ Ivanka Kostic – Advocacy Consultant on Statelessness, Praxis, Serbia
Image by Abd Sarakbi via Unsplash. Blog

Citizenship stripping as alternative border control: Syrian counter-perspectives

This blog was first published by Routed Magazine in May 2021. We are re-posting it now to highlight the issues raised.
/ Thomas McGee, PhD researcher in the Peter McMullin Centre on Statelessness at University of Melbourne’s Law School, Australia
International Roma Women's Conference Blog

Spotlighting Romani women’s activism and role in addressing statelessness in Europe

This blog is part of a collaboration between the European Network on Statelessness (ENS) and Romani women activists. Here, we want to draw attention…
/ Nina Murray, Michelle Van Burik, Sonja Barbul, Ina Majka, Brisilda Taco, Alison Huyghe and Tamara Smith
The Freedom Monument, Riga, Latvia. Blog

“Non-Citizens” of the Baltics: Common Misconceptions explained

To this day, there are approximately 300,000 non-citizens in the Baltics, in Estonia and Latvia. In contrast to Estonia and Latvia, Lithuania does…
/ By a Latvian non-citizen
Chinatown, Manchester Blog

Statusless and Stateless Chinese Migrants in the UK

This blog was first published by Border Criminologies in April 2021. We are re-posting it now to highlight the issues raised.
/ Siyu Luo, Doctoral Candidate in Criminology at the University of Manchester, UK.