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Will Malta’s accession to the 1954 Convention help change a culture of ‘outright exclusion’ of stateless persons?

Malta finally acceded to the 1954 Convention relating to the Status of Stateless Persons on 11 December 2019 after numerous calls from civil society…
/ Jo Venkov - Lawyer and writer on statelessness, identity, citizenship and belonging
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“What do you mean by stateless?” – Arbitrary detention of stateless persons in Poland

In Poland statelessness doesn’t exist. Or so it would seem, for there are almost no official records of stateless persons. Those who are stateless…
/ Katarzyna Przybysławska, Legal Aid Centre The Haliny Nieć
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Let’s talk about the army

How is the army relevant to statelessness? Conscription, a compulsory participation of citizens in their states’ military, still exists in over 60…
/ Katja Swider, University of Amsterdam
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States as a root cause of statelessness

What is the root cause of statelessness? There are many answers to this question – conflict of nationality laws, gender discrimination, persecution…
/ Katja Swider, University of Amsterdam
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Stateless persons in Iceland, rarer than the Northern Lights?

Iceland, with a population of 322,000 people, is about 1500 kilometers away from its closest neighbor on the European continent. It is a land of…
/ Cecilie Becker-Christensen Saenz Guerrero, UNHCR Regional Representation for Northern Europe, and Inge Sturkenboom, Protection Officer, UNHCR Bureau for Europe
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Hungarian Constitutional Court declares that lawful stay requirement in statelessness determination breaches international law

Until now, only lawfully staying persons could initiate a statelessness determination procedure in Hungary. After nearly eight years of struggle…
/ Gábor Gyulai, Refugee Programme Coordinator at the Hungarian Helsinki Committee
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Statelessness in Italy: What’s next?

“It is time to give voice to the strangers among strangers”. With these words, journalist Gad Lerner introduced the first public meeting on…
/ Héléna Behr and Silvia Loschiavo. UNHCR Regional Representation for Southern Europe
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Finland – a champion in the making in addressing statelessness?

The UNHCR study Mapping Statelessness in Finland was launched on 18 November, following similar studies already published in a number of European…
/ Anne Laakko, UNHCR
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A welcome first step towards tackling statelessness in Poland

This year Poland celebrates 25 years of freedom, an anniversary marked by the country’s first democratic vote, the end of communist regime and…
/ Katarzyna Przybysławska, Director of the Halina Niec Legal Aid Centre
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Should nationality have a “minimum content”? – Italian Supreme Court passes landmark decision

With only a handful of countries operating a statelessness determination procedure, it is not very often that a national court passes a judgment of…
/ Gábor Gyulai, Refugee Programme Coordinator at the Hungarian Helsinki Committee
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UK House of Lords defeats Government on deprivation of citizenship leading to statelessness

On 19 November 2013 Amal de Chickera responded on this blog to the UK Home Secretary’s announcement that she would invite parliament to change UK…
/ Alison Harvey, Legal Director, Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association (ILPA)
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Questions of nationality and statelessness in Armenia

The Republic of Armenia was one of the first republics of the former Soviet Union to ratify the two UN Statelessness Conventions, in 1994. How far…
/ Marine Antonyan, RSD Consultant, UNHCR Armenia