Without citizenship, stateless people often risk being left out of national responses. UNHCR urges governments to ensure their coverage in the COVID-19 response.
Joint press release from OHCHR, IOM, UNHCR and WHO
UNHCR welcomes Latvia’s decision to grant automatic citizenship at birth to children of “non-citizens”
UNHCR welcomes the fact that Latvia’s Parliament has adopted legislative changes that will entitle children born after 1 January 2020 to parents who are considered “non-citizens” under the law to automatic Latvian citizenship at birth.
UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, warned today that recent advances in the battle to end statelessness – a leading cause of human rights deprivation for millions of people worldwide – were being imperiled by a rise in damaging forms of nationalism.
A lawyer whose work has supported the efforts of the Kyrgyz Republic in becoming the first country in the world to end statelessness has been selected as the 2019 winner of the UN Refugee Agency’s Nansen Refugee Award.
More than half a million people in Europe are estimated to be stateless – they have limited access to basic rights and services such as education and healthcare and can face life-long discrimination.
Four years into its #IBelong Campaign to end statelessness, UNHCR calls for more resolute action by states
UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi calls on politicians, governments and legislators to take and support decisive action to eliminate statelessness globally by 2024.