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The son of a Tamil tea picker attends class at a school on a […]
©UNHCR / G.Amarasinghe / May 2007

Statelessness in Sri Lanka: Hill Tamils

Added: 19 Sep 2011

Most of the people working on the hundreds of tea plantations that dot Sri Lanka's picturesque hill country are descended from ethnic Tamils brought from India between 1820 and 1840 when the island was under British colonial rule. Although these people, known as "Hill Tamils," have been making an invaluable […]
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One of a group of 38 newly-arrived refugees and migrants on a […]
©Espen Rasmussen

2011 Yemen: Risking All for a Better Future

Added: 13 Sep 2011

Plagued by violence, drought and poverty, thousands of people in the Horn of Africa leave their homes out of desperation every year. Seeking safety or a better life, these civilians - mainly Somalis and Ethiopians - make the dangerous journey through Somalia to the northern port of Bossaso. Once there, […]
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Stateless since her birth in 1998, Irina finally received Brazilian […]
©UNHCR/I.Canabrava/January 2011

Statelessness among Brazilian Expats

Added: 06 Sep 2011

Irina was born in 1998 in Switzerland, daughter of a Brazilian mother and her Swiss boyfriend. Soon afterwards, her mother Denise went to the Brazilian Consulate in Geneva to get a passport for Irina. She was shocked when consular officials told her that under a 1994 amendment to the constitution, children […]
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A Nubian woman holds a photograph of her grandfather as an officer […]

The Nubians in Kenya

Added: 01 Sep 2011

In the late 1880s, Nubians from Sudan were conscripted into the British army. The authorities induced them to stay in Kenya by granting them homesteads and issuing them British colonial passports. The Nubians named their settlement near Nairobi, Kibra, or "land of forest." In 1917, the British government […]
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New Vietnamese citizen Tran Hoang Phuc, whose name means 'Golden […]
©UNHCR/K.McKinsey/December 2010

Statelessness in Viet Nam

Added: 29 Aug 2011

Viet Nam's achievements in granting citizenship to thousands of stateless people over the last two years make the country a global leader in ending and preventing statelessness. Left stateless after the 1975 collapse of the bloody Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia, nearly 1,400 former Cambodian refugees […]
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