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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
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Birth Registration as Bordering Practice in Fortress Europe

European countries are reporting nearly universal birth registration coverage, with rates between 99 and 100%. These figures make it appear as if non…
/ By Allison J. Petrozziello, PhD Wilfrid Laurier University, International Migration Research Centre (Canada)
Meeting in Copenhagen to discuss statelessness in Denmark, organised by ENS, ABCD and DRC News

After a decade without nationality, Bhutanese community in Denmark continues their fight for citizenship rights

A joint meeting organised by ENS, Danish Refugee Council and the Association of Bhutanese Communities in Denmark highlighted the struggles faced by…
Summit Blog

Our Hands Extended: International Calls to End Gender Discrimination in Nationality Laws

The recent Global Summit on Gender Equality in Nationality Laws spotlighted the urgent need to eliminate gender discrimination in nationality laws.…
/ Catherine Harrington, Campaign Manager of the Global Campaign for Equal Nationality Rights and Associate Director at the Women’s Refugee Commission
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)
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“It’s a terrible thing to lose hope”: Re-imagining Protection for Palestinians as Refugees and Stateless Persons

I have represented hundreds of refugees and approximately 20 stateless people seeking protection in the UK, most of them with heart-breaking cases.…
/ Cynthia Orchard
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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The Austrian naturalisation procedure – disproportionate and in violation of international law

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has issued a crucial judgment in the prevention and reduction of statelessness in Europe. The…
/ Leonhard Call (ENS Member, independent human rights consultant and policy advisor)
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Can international law offer protection to those at risk of climatic statelessness?

Scholarship on the impact of climate change on migration has tended to focus on refugee populations, but growing scholarship highlights the impending…
/ Jo Venkov, Lawyer and Writer on statelessness, identity, citizenship and belonging
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Are parents of foundlings really “unknown”? - Avoiding statelessness under international nationality law

In popular understanding around the world, “foundlings” are often imagined as abandoned babies found outside churches. In practice, this limited…
/ Mai Kaneko-Iwase, PhD (Law), Researcher, Faculty of Law, Maastricht University, the Netherlands*
 LGBTQ+ families, surrogacy and the legal identity of unsanctioned babies Blog

The Statelessness Case Law Database: LGBTQ+ families, surrogacy and the legal identity of unsanctioned babies

The new ENS Statelessness Case Law Database offers a lens through which we can observe how European laws deal with the reality of statelessness. In…
/ Katja Swider ENS Member, Assistant Professor of Migration Law at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
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We need to talk about the problem of citizenship

For the most part, the contemporary world is centred on the assumption that everyone has some form of citizenship. This creates problems for people…
/ Tendayi Bloom, Lecturer in Politics and International Studies, University of Birmingham, UK. Lindsey Kingston, Associate Professor of International Human Rights, Webster University, USA. Heather Steele, Deputy Academic Lead, Forum for Global Challenges