Tindouf Blog

Without a nationality but not stateless: the recent judgment of the Swiss Federal Supreme Court in a case concerning the nationality status of a refugee originating from Western Sahara

In August 2021, the Swiss Supreme Federal Court, the highest judicial authority in Switzerland, issued a decision concerning the nationality status…
/ Cecilia Manzotti – PhD candidate, University of Sussex
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Why Europe needs to work with other regions to find creative solutions to birth registration and documentation of children born in conflict zones

European States and regional institutions need to step-up and commit to clear actions to protect the rights of all children to a legal identity and…
/ Alison Huyghe, Policy & Advocacy Officer, The European Network on Statelessness
Levi Meir Clancy Blog

Expert opinion: How the Netherlands, France and the UK are leaving children stranded at risk of statelessness in Iraq and Syria

Thousands of children associated with alleged ‘foreign fighters’ have been detained in Iraq and Syria since the territorial fall of the Islamic State…
/ Professor René DeGroot (Professor emeritus, Maastricht University), Philomène Franssen (Independent consultant), Alison Harvey (Barrister at No5 Chambers) and Dr Rachel Pougnet (University of Bristol)
Collaboration between academics and non-profits can help protect citizenship rights Blog

Collaboration between academics and non-profits can help protect citizenship rights

Building bridges between academia and non-profit organisations through partnerships is a critical tool to protect the ‘right to have rights’. These…
/ Dr Rachel Pougnet, Senior Research Associate at the University of Bristol
Syria's Palestinians Blog

‘Syria’s Palestinians: A new Nakba’

Palestinian refugees from Syria are among those most impacted by the country’s brutal 10-year conflict. A new report documents the secondary forced…
/ Tom Rollins, Independent researcher working on Syria and displacement
Behind walls Blog

Navigating intersecting statelessness: Syrian Kurds in Europe

This blog examines the experiences of stateless Syrian Kurds in Europe by looking at how they’ve navigated asylum bureaucracies and their specific…
/ Thomas McGee (PhD researcher at Peter McMullin Centre on Statelessness, University of Melbourne Law School) and Haqqi Bahram (PhD researcher at REMESO - Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society, Linköping University)
Map of the Berm wall Blog

Political limbo and statelessness in Africa’s last colony

The Saharawi people have been stateless for over 40 years since Western Sahara was occupied by Morocco in 1975. Danielle Smith, Founding Director of…
/ Danielle Smith - Founding Director, Sandblast Arts and Dr. Violeta Ruano
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Introducing “Hawiati”: A network for stateless solidarity in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)

Statelessness is a significant problem across the MENA. With national legal frameworks in the region taking little account of the reality of…
/ Zahra Albarazi and Thomas McGee - co-coordinators of the MENA Statelessness Network (Hawiati)
Statelessness in Kuwait Publications

Country Position Paper: Statelessness in Kuwait

Kuwait has a population of 4.2 million people, of whom more than half are not Kuwaiti citizens. The country is also home to an estimated 93,000…
/ Country position paper
Country position paper: Statelessness in Iran Publications

Country position paper: Statelessness in Iran

Iran has an estimated population of 82.1 million people and is home to an unknown number of stateless people. Comprehensive data about the problem of…
/ Country position paper
Country position paper: Statelessness in Iraq Publications

Country position paper: Statelessness in Iraq

Iraq has a population of 40.4 million people, and is home to an estimated 47,515 stateless people, although it is possible that the true figure for…
/ Country position paper
Country position paper: statelessness in Syria Publications

Country position paper: Statelessness in Syria

Syria has a population of 18.5 million people, with the latest UN estimates suggesting it is home to 160,000 stateless persons. However, this…
/ Country position paper