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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)
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Might a ‘victory for human rights’ in the Netherlands benefit stateless children in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA): possible applications of Zhao v the Netherlands

Can strategic litigation help end childhood statelessness in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)? And could the outcomes of strategic litigation…
/ Yoana Kuzmova, Visiting Assistant Professor and Interim Director at Boston University’s International Human Rights Clinic & Thomas McGee, PhD Researcher at the Peter McMullin Centre on Statelessness (both members of the MENA Statelessness Network, Hawiati
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Preventing and solving statelessness in European law

Within the member states of the Council of Europe and the European Union, much remains to be done to address statelessness. While the laws created by…
/ Caia Vlieks, Research & Education Officer, Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion
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An update on barriers to citizenship facing stateless children in the UK

This blog provides analysis of recent changes affecting children’s rights to be registered as British citizens with particular focus on fees and…
/ Solange Valdez-Symonds (The Project for the Registration of Children as British Citizens (PRCBC)) and Steve Valdez-Symonds (Amnesty UK)
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Landmark judgment from Spain: court grants Spanish nationality to a stateless child born en route (a case of “invisible children”)

In 2021, a Spanish court has remarkably recognised as a Spanish national a child who lacked a birth certificate as she was born in transit in Morocco…
/ José Alberto Navarro (lawyer) and Laura Lozano (alumnus) of Uría Menéndez and Fundación Profesor Uría, and Cristina Manzanedo (Programa Ödos)
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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
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“The endless waiting has destroyed me” – will the Statelessness Bills discussed in the Dutch Parliament this week bring a solution for stateless people in the Netherlands?

Ahead of the 25th May debate in the Dutch parliament on new draft legislation on statelessness, our Dutch members analyse the proposed laws, their…
/ Caia Vlieks, Research and Education Officer at the Institute on Statelessness & Inclusion and Marlotte van Dael, Project Coordinator Statelessness at ASKV Refugee Support
Rami, Tamara and kids, via ASKV. Photo by Catharina Gerritsen Blog

“Het eindeloze wachten heeft mij kapot gemaakt” – zullen de wetsvoorstellen staatloosheid ter discussie in Tweede Kamer deze week een oplossing bieden voor staatlozen in Nederland?

In aanloop naar het debat van 25 mei in de Tweede Kamer over nieuwe ontwerpwetgeving betreffende staatloosheid analyseren onze Nederlandse leden de…
/ Caia Vlieks, Research and Education Officer, Institute on Statelessness & Inclusion en Marlotte van Dael, Project Coördinator Staatloosheid, ASKV Steunpunt Vluchtelingen
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A multilingual toolkit on statelessness: how to identify, support and refer people at risk of statelessness

Across Europe, low levels of awareness of statelessness are widespread. For NGO workers, civil servants and refugee practitioners, this a lack of…
/ Cécile Queval, Head of European advocacy, Forum Réfugiés
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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)
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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