Recognised Stateless Person who spent over a decade in limbo, photographed in London during lockdown. © UNHCR/Katie Barlow. Blog

I Am Human: New UNHCR report reveals the experiences of stateless people in the UK

In the final instalment of our three blog series focusing on the UK, the experiences of stateless people are brought to light in UNHCR’s new report,…
/ Zainnab Makele, Protection Associate, UNHCR UK
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'Awaiting' - Stateless lives in Hungary

In 2007, Hungary was the world’s fifth country to introduce a statelessness determination procedure and protection status for those identified as…
/ Anikó Bakonyi (Senior Programme Officer, Hungarian Helsinki Committee) and Gábor Gyulai (Refugee Programme Director, Hungarian Helsinki Committee and ENS Board Member)
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Representing stateless people in the UK: a practitioner’s view

A recently published UNHCR audit of statelessness determination in the UK showed that, whilst there is some positive practice in the UK’s…
/ Claire Splawn - Statelessness Project Coordinator and Caseworker, Asylum Aid
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Statelessness Determination in the UK: UNHCR audit reveals the need for fundamental changes in approaches taken to decision making

UNHCR has published a report detailing findings from its audit of the UK's statelessness determination procedure. The report reveals a number of…
/ Sarah Elliott – Legal Officer, UNHCR UK
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A victory for human rights in Zhao v. the Netherlands (the ‘Denny case’): Nationality from birth, without exceptions

In its first-ever decision on the right to nationality, issued in late December, the UN Human Rights Committee calls on the Netherlands to enact a…
/ By Laura Bingham, Open Society Justice Initiative (OSJI) and Jelle Klaas, Public Interest Litigation Project of the International Commission of Jurists (NJCM)
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Legal reform brings Ukraine closer to improving the lives of stateless people

Ukraine is on the verge of a decisive step that will bring the State closer to solving the problem of statelessness, by establishing in law a…
/ Kseniia Karahiaur - Legal Analyst, Right to Protection & Oleksandr Snitko - Project Manager, Desyate Kvitnya (The Tenth Of April)
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Statelessness determination in Europe and beyond: Trends and good practices

Identifying stateless persons has long been considered a key challenge in efforts to eradicate statelessness. In the decades following the adoption…
/ Marcella Rouweler, Legal Officer, Division of International Protection, UNHCR
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It is not just paperwork; it is human work. Recognising and supporting the role of grassroots organisations in the fight to end statelessness

Stateless Roma, or Roma at risk of statelessness, face a number of particular challenges in daily life. These include barriers in accessing the legal…
/ Michelle Mila van Burik Bihari, MA. Advocacy Coordinator Roma Utrecht & Roma Advocacy Network Netherlands
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Equating the rights of stateless persons with refugees in Spain

The new law should raise the standard of protection for those applying for stateless status and equate it to Spain’s law on asylum which offers a…
/ Nacho Hernández Moreno. Lawyer, International Affairs Department, Fundación Cepaim
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Statelessness: A blind spot on Austria’s human rights record

Austria is often praised by its official representatives as a model country concerning human rights protection, with a positive record on…
/ Leonhard Call, independent human rights consultant
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Can a Palestinian refugee enjoy the status of a stateless person? A French perspective

This article solely reflects the personal opinion of the author and does not express the views of the Court of Justice, neither the views of other…
/ Giulia Bittoni, Lawyer Linguist, Court of Justice of the European Union
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Born at the age of 70

As a young teenager in the 1950s, Eloisa was abandoned in Costa Rica. She found herself in a Central American country that she'd never been to…
/ Maria Julia Cerdas, former member of the stateless division for Costa Rica’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs