the world's stateless report 2017

International law protects the right of every child to acquire a nationality.

Yet, childhood statelessness pervades all regions of the world.

At least a third of the 15 million people who face life without a nationality today, are children.

And, every ten minutes, another child is born stateless.

The disconnect between the recognition of nationality as a fundamental child right and the reality of childhood statelessness presents a massive challenge, but also opens up a wealth of opportunities. Childhood statelessness is entirely preventable. It is never in a child’s best interests to be stateless, nor is it ever a child’s “fault” if they are left without nationality. We are proud to devote this edition of our flagship report, The World's Stateless 2017, to exploring the urgency of and opportunities for addressing childhood statelessness. Over 50 experts and organisations have contributed material – essays, interviews, photographs and more. Collectively, they deal with a multitude of different dimensions of childhood statelessness, with chapters exploring the right to a nationality, challenges in the context of migration and displacement, the significance of the Sustainable Development Agenda, the mechanics of safeguards against statelessness for children, and litigation, legal assistance and other forms of moblisation as strategies to tackle childhood statelessness. As with every edition of The World’s Stateless, this publication also offers a more general overview on the state of statelessness globally in 2017.

Click here to download the report. You can also explore the material online at - an online platform on which the report content can be explored, more information can be found about each of the contributors and further resources can easily be accessed. From 1 March 2017, it will also be possible to purchase hard copies of the report from Wolf Legal Publishers.

The launch event will take place in London on 2 February 2017, hosted by Ashurst at 5 Appold Street. Kerry Neal of UNICEF will moderate the event, with the following speakers: Melanie Khanna (UNHCR), Catherine Harrington (Global Campaign for Equal Nationality Rights), Laura Bingham (Open Society Justice Initiative) and Greg Constantine (photographer).