Statelessness and the problem of resolving nationality status

Statelessness is not only a legal problem, it is a human problem. Failure to acquire status under the law can negatively impact upon many important elements of life, including the right to vote, to own property, to have health care, to work etc. Thus, nationality is the individual's basic right - the right, in fact, to have rights. International law provides tools for ensuring the right to a nationality exists, and is further developing the mechanisms to ensure that nationality is effective. International law has, further, recognized the State's right to determine nationality with reference to certain standards. Positive steps by all States can ensure the integration and implementation of these principles and standards in state legislation and practice, reducing and, eventually, eliminating the problem of statelessness.