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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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Statelessness is back (not that it ever went away...)

Citizenship deprivation and statelessness are very much back in fashion. States increasingly resort to such measures to deal with those returning…
/ Guy Goodwin-Gill, Professor of Law at the University of New South Wales and Emeritus Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford
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Bringing Malta closer to the 1954 Statelessness Convention

The first interaction aditus foundation had with the issue of statelessness in Malta was through our participation in UNHCR’s 2014 country mapping…
/ Neil Falzon, Director of aditus foundation (Malta)
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New book looks at the implementation of the 1954 Convention across the EU

Until the launch of the ENS Statelessness INDEX last month, there was very little information available about how implementation of the 1954…
/ Dr. Katia Bianchini - Researcher at the Max Planck Institute
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Bulgaria is introducing a statelessness determination procedure. Or is it?

On the surface, yes, Bulgaria is for the first time introducing a statelessness determination procedure in its national legislation. But scratch a…
/ Dr. Valeria Ilareva, Foundation for Access to Rights - FAR
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Ireland’s ad-hoc approach is failing stateless persons: Dublin seminar highlights shortfalls and need for formal procedures

In December 2015, the Council of the European Union’s Conclusions on Statelessness invited the European Commission to launch exchanges of good…
/ Catherine Cosgrave, Legal Services Manager, Immigrant Council of Ireland
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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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New report confirms the urgency for Malta to revise its detention regime

New report “Protecting Stateless Persons from Arbitrary Detention in Malta” published today by ENS and aditus foundation warns that widespread use…
/ Neil Falzon, aditus foundation
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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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Statelessness determination procedure in Italy: who bears the burden of proof?

The Italian Court of Cassation has recently ruled on a case concerning the statelessness determination procedure (Court of Cassation No. 4262 of 3…
/ Giulia Bittoni, University of Burgundy and University of Bologna
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Statelessness in Ireland – international obligations and national reality

Ireland has adopted a somewhat incoherent approach in matters related to international conventions.  Sometimes, Ireland will not sign or ratify a…
/ Catherine Cosgrave, Managing Solicitor at the Immigrant Council of Ireland