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Statelessness Program

The Statelessness Program is an initiative dedicated to research, training and outreach on statelessness and related issues.

Statelessness Program

Statelessness is a global phenomenon that currently affects as many as 12 million people worldwide. New cases continue to arise every day as states struggle with the challenge of ensuring that everyone enjoys a nationality. For those who find themselves stateless, the lack of a nationality commonly obstructs access to a wide range of other rights, to detrimental effect. Moreover, the harsh impact that statelessness has on the lives of individuals and the fabric of communities may contribute to social tension, forced displacement and even conflict.

The goal of the Statelessness Program is to fulfill the need for a sustainable center of expertise, which is dedicated to research, training and outreach in this fascinating field. With this complementary three-pillar approach, the Statelessness

Program aims to:

  • engage in and provide support for research on statelessness;
  • promote academic education and professional training on statelessness;
  • engage in public debate and inform policy development by international, governmental, advocacy and service organizations.

View our 2013 Annual Report

Online petition to protect stateless people in Europe

The European Network on Statelessness (ENS) has launched a pan-European petition calling on European leaders to take action to protect stateless people in Europe and enable them to rebuild their lives. We are asking you to help us by signing and sharing the ENS online petition which will be presented to European leaders. Around 600,000 stateless persons live in Europe today, including many migrants stuck in perpetual limbo. They urgently require our protection. Watch this 2-minute video to find out more about the problem, then sign & share the petition at

To understand more about the importance of the campaign, you can also watch the video of Thai Ha, a student at Tilburg Law School:

Provisional program now out for Global Forum on Statelessness

Over 100 people have already registered to participate in the First Global Forum on Statelessness! This international event, organized by Tilburg University and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, will take place from 15 – 17 September 2014 at the Peace Palace in the Hague. It is open to researchers, policymakers, NGO advocates, lawyers, stateless people and other interested parties. The provisional program can now also be found on the Global Forum website, giving you a better idea of the topics and speakers lined up. You can also go directly to the online registration page.

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