About the project

In 2017, with the support of Open Society Foundations, the European Network on Statelessness (ENS) and the Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion (ISI) set out to examine the relationship between statelessness and forced migration in Europe, to build links with refugees affected by statelessness, and to find out what key stakeholders involved in the refugee response in Europe were doing to address the issue. The aim of the #StatelessJourneys project is to generate an evidence base and tools for advocacy, capacity-building, awareness-raising and community engagement, to protect the rights of stateless refugees and prevent new cases of statelessness arising in the migration context in Europe.

The project also draws on activities undertaken by both ENS and ISI funded by the Media and Democracy Foundation and the Sigrid Rausing Trust.

European Network on Statelessness

ENS is a civil society alliance of over 140 NGOs, academic initiatives, legal aid providers and individual experts working to address statelessness in 40 European countries through law and policy development, awareness raising, and capacity building. ENS has a strong track record of delivering high impact research, advocacy, capacity-building and awareness-raising projects in thematic areas such as childhood statelessness, preventing the arbitrary detention of stateless people, and addressing the discrimination faced by minorities disproportionately affected by statelessness and risk of statelessness, including Roma.

Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion

ISI is the first and the only human rights NGO dedicated to working on statelessness at the global level. ISI’s mission is to promote inclusive societies by realising and protecting the right to a nationality. The intersection between statelessness and forced migration is a thematic priority for ISI’s research, capacity building and engagement work, and one it has previously collaborated on with the Norwegian Refugee Council for example to publish a study and online toolkit on statelessness in the Syrian refugee context.

Photo: Refugee Reception Centre in Tabanovce; UN Women 

Country partners and other collaborators

Drawing on the expertise of project partners, the #StatelessJourneys project for the first time looks at statelessness and nationality issues through the lens of forced migration trends in Europe, examining the impact of statelessness on the refugee experience and the European response to forced migration. A number of other ENS members are involved in the #StatelessJourneys project as country partners and collaborators. Research, advocacy and engagement activities in Serbia are being delivered by Praxis, in the Netherlands by ASKV Refugee Support, Thomas McGee and New Women Connectors, and in Greece by Thomas McGee, Greek Council for Refugees and Greek Forum of Refugees.

Project partners

European Network on Statelessness

The European Network on Statelessness (ENS) is a civil society alliance of over 140 non-governmental organisations, academics and individual experts in 40 countries, committed to addressing statelessness in Europe. ENS believes that everyone has the right to a nationality and that those who lack nationality altogether – stateless persons – are entitled to full protection of their human rights.

The Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion (ISI) is the first and the only human rights NGO dedicated to working on statelessness at the global level. ISI’s mission is to promote inclusive societies by realising and protecting the right to a nationality. ISI is working to address discrimination and promote inclusive citizenship, realise every child’s right to a nationality, tackle statelessness as a cause and consequence of displacement, make the stateless visible to development programming and counter arbitrary deprivation of nationality, particularly in security contexts.

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