The Impact of COVID-19 on Stateless Populations: Policy Recommendations and Good Practices
Many millions of people around the world are stateless. Without any nationality, they lack the privileges and protections that citizens enjoy. While the COVID-19 virus poses certain risks to everyone, stateless persons and persons at risk of statelessness are particularly vulnerable in a number of ways.
During the High Level Segment, States highlighted achievements and pledged further goals in the #IBelong Campaign. Agencies, regional and national organizations also committed to finding an end to statelessness,
totaling some 360 pledges overall.
Stateless children are born into a world in which they will face a lifetime of discrimination; their status profoundly affects their ability to learn and grow, and to fulfill their ambitions and dreams for the future.
Gender discrimination in nationality laws is a root cause of childhood statelessness. Gender-discriminatory policies and practices also contribute to statelessness among children.
Stateless people are found in all parts of the globe — Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas—entire communities, new-born babies, children, couples and older people.
Discrimination, exclusion and persecution most commonly describe the existence of stateless minorities. More than 75% of the world’s known stateless populations belong to minority groups.
In a world comprised of States, the problem of statelessness remains a glaring anomaly with devastating impacts on the lives of millions of people around the world who live without any nationality.