What can I do as a frontline refugee practitioner?
The 4 Rs: Recognise, Record, Refer, and Read up!
- Recognise statelessness and related challenges in family reunification
Do not assume that everyone has a nationality or that everyone who is stateless knows they are stateless, or that the statelessness of an applicant or their family member will have been identified in refugee screening or status determination processes. Consider barriers that stateless persons may face in family reunification, such as lack of proof of family relationships due to statelessness, and look for ways to overcome them.
- Record statelessness or indications of statelessness
If you identify a person’s statelessness or possible statelessness, record this important information on any paperwork relating to this person. If a form does not have fields allowing you to accurately record statelessness or indications of statelessness, make a note somewhere on the form about it, so that there is a record. Make sure you inform the person of this and that it may be important for them in future. Also keep copies of any relevant documents in your file.
It would also be helpful to ask your organisation to include ways to accurately record (risk of) statelessness on all relevant forms.
- Refer people to get expert advice, support, and information
Identify organisations that specialise in statelessness and nationality in your country of work and see if they can help. Some of our members may be able to assist. Download and use our guide/poster for refugee response actors and our short guide for refugees and asylum seekers.
- Read up about statelessness and family unity and reunification. There’s some more information below, and more on our websites (links below). Learn more about statelessness and family reunion here: