23 June 2021

Excluded and invisible: how to protect stateless people?

On June 23, 2021, we discussed the situation of stateless people in different regions of the world based on Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung (RLS)  “Atlas of the Stateless” together with the project leader and three of its authors.

About the topic

Published in October 2020 by the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung (RLS), “Atlas of the Stateless: Facts and Figures about exclusion and displacement” not only aims to make the invisible issue of statelessness more visible, but also to show how solutions are possible for each of the situations and problems it presents. Published in three languages (French, English and German), it is a unique compilation of information on a subject that has been relatively little researched. It contains six thematic articles on the situation of stateless persons, 19 country case studies and 53 maps and graphs.

This Think Tank Talk aimed to give an overview of the situation of stateless persons in the world based on RLS’ “Atlas of the Stateless”. After an introduction of the main issues at stake by the coordinator of the project, 3 country case studies were be presented by their authors.


Eva Wuchold

Programme Director Social Rights at Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung

Katherine G. Southwick

Senior Genocide Prevention Adviser at International Criminal Justice Leadership Project, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

Chris Nash

Director & co-founder of the European Network on Statelessness

Melanie Khanna

Senior Legal Coordinator and Section Chief, Statelessness at UNHCR

5 Key Takeaways

5 Key Takeways

1. There is a need to move beyond state-centered solutions.
2. There is a clear lack of data regarding global statelessness, making it very hard to know the exact figures.
3. Statelessness could increase because of the displacement of millions of people due to many reasons, including climate change.
4. Deprivation of nationality leads to potential grave violations of human rights.
5. Half of EU states don’t have laws to ensure that children born on their soil have a nationality.

Event replay