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Political limbo and statelessness in Africa’s last colony

The Saharawi people have been stateless for over 40 years since Western Sahara was occupied by Morocco in 1975. Danielle Smith, Founding Director of…
/ Danielle Smith - Founding Director, Sandblast Arts and Dr. Violeta Ruano
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Statelessness in Denmark: UNHCR mapping sheds light on national law and practice

UNHCR’s representation for the Nordic and Baltic countries has conducted statelessness mappings in the eight countries in the Northern Europe region…
/ Eva Ersbøll - Senior researcher emerita, The Danish Institute for Human Rights
Stateless in Hungary report cover Blog

'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)
British passport cover Blog

Shamima Begum Supreme Court judgment: What are the implications for statelessness cases?

Last week, the UK Supreme Court ruled in the case of Begum v Secretary of State for the Home Department, in favour of the Secretary of State and…
/ Alison Harvey, No5 Chambers and ENS Individual Member
British passport Blog

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
Court of Justice of the European Union Blog

Protecting the right to a nationality for children of same-sex couples in the EU – A key issue before the CJEU in V.M.A. v Stolichna Obsthina (C-490/20)

The enjoyment of LGBTIQ* rights varies across Europe. As a result, children of same-sex couples can face problems with recognition of civil status,…
/ Patrícia Cabral – Legal Policy Officer, European Network on Statelessness
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Introducing “Hawiati”: A network for stateless solidarity in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)

Statelessness is a significant problem across the MENA. With national legal frameworks in the region taking little account of the reality of…
/ Zahra Albarazi and Thomas McGee - co-coordinators of the MENA Statelessness Network (Hawiati)
Children's toys Blog

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)
Maltese flag overlooking Valetta Blog

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
New Year lights Blog

Festive greetings to all

Thank you for following ENS blog updates in 2020. We’ll be taking a short break and are resuming our blog in January. Meanwhile, we wish you all the…
/ ENS Team
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When people who haven’t moved are called ‘migrants’: Considerations for implementing Objective 4 of the Global Compact for Migration

In a 2018 ENS policy brief, Tendayi Bloom presented the relevance of the Global Compact for Migration to actors working in the area of statelessness…
/ Dr Tendayi Bloom - Lecturer in Politics and International Studies, University of Birmingham