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How far do citizenship laws in European Union Member States safeguard the children born there from statelessness?

Most European Union Member States participate in the international conventions concerning statelessness of 1954 and 1961, and have certain laws that…
/ Merve Erdilmen (Doctoral Student, Department of Political Science, McGill University) and Iseult Honohan (Associate Professor Emeritus, School of Politics and International Relations, University College Dublin)
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In praise of the 1961 Statelessness Convention

It is a lot better to have a stateless person’s travel document than to be undocumented.
/ Alison Harvey, No5 Chambers London; @aliromah
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Stateless persons’ entitlement to citizenship and Denmark’s call for dilution of state obligations

Since 2011, Danish politicians have called for a reinterpretation, modernisation or change of the 1961 UN Convention on the Reduction of…
/ Eva Ersbøll – Lawyer, ENS Associate Member
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Norwegian Government condemns stateless children to a state of legal limbo

A new proposal by the Norwegian Government will leave children born stateless in Norway who are habitually resident without a nationality until they…
/ Marek Linha, Adviser at the Norwegian Organisation for Asylum Seekers (NOAS)
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Deprivation of nationality in France: first draft of the constitutional act narrowly approved by the National Assembly

A draft constitutional act has been put forward by the French President, François Hollande, only three days after the terrorist attacks in Paris last…
/ Barbara Joannon, Forum Refugies
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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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Romania’s stateless children – still unknown, still invisible

When I started working on statelessness in 2009 I was told by more experienced colleagues from civil society organizations, as well as by public…
/ Carolina Marin
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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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Jus Soli: A miraculous solution to prevent statelessness?

Granting nationality at birth to children born on the territory of a country – the “jus soli” principle – is often seen as an effective tool to…
/ Charline Becker, Hungarian Helsinki Committee
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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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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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EU Citizenship at the Crossroads - Enhancing European Cooperation in Nationality and Fundamental Rights

“And, in reference to today’s more specific discussion, I note that people who lose their citizenship or have it taken from them are often described…
/ Ngo Chun Luk, TRANSMIC Research Assistant at the Centre for European Policy Studies