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New statelessness legislation in the Netherlands: worth the wait?

On the 6th of June 2023, Dutch Parliament finally passed a legislation package on statelessness that has been in the making since 2014. It introduces…
/ Caia Vlieks, Utrecht University and Katja Swider, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
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WEBINAR: Children’s right to a nationality and birth registration

This webinar aims to build practical awareness of how to recognise risks of statelessness and ensure that refugee children are protected and have…
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WEBINAR: Children’s right to a nationality and birth registration

This webinar aims to build practical awareness of how to recognise risks of statelessness and ensure that refugee children are protected and have…
16 May 2023 13:00 - 13:45 CEST
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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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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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Reflections from our UK childhood statelessness project as the toxic Nationality and Borders Act 2022 passes into law

To the dismay of many in the UK but especially civil society, last week, the Nationality and Borders Act 2022 crossed the final line and came into…
/ Andie Lambe, Independent Consultant for ENS – Childhood Statelessness in the UK & Nina Murray, Head of Policy & Research, ENS
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Sweden needs automatic acquisition of nationality at birth for stateless children – here’s why

On the first January 2023 Sweden will inaugurate its six-month Presidency of the European Union Council. Currently we still know little about the…
/ Jesus Tolmo García, PhD candidate, University of Murcia
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Nationality & Borders Bill Briefing for House of Lords Committee Stage

This briefing concerns Clause 9 ‘deprivation of citizenship’ and Clause 10 ‘stateless minors’ of Part 1 (Nationality) of the Nationality &…
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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*
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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
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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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Joint submission to the UK House of Commons Public Bill Committee: Nationality & Borders Bill

This joint submission by the European Network on Statelessness (ENS), the Project for the Registration of Children as British Citizens (PRCBC), and…
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