A petition organised by the European Network on Statelessness (ENS) calls on all European states to urgently take steps to address the problem of childhood statelessness. Thousands of children across Europe are growing up without a nationality, many of them born in Europe. By failing to meet their international obligations, States are effectively denying these children of their rights.
“No child should be left stateless. It is a problem that is entirely solvable, yet thousands of children in Europe are growing up without a nationality because more than half of European countries don’t have necessary safeguards against childhood statelessness. This is why we’ve launched our #StatelessKids petition and why we are calling on European leaders to act now to end childhood statelessness once and for all,” said ENS’ Jan Brulc to the ECRE Weekly Bulletin.
You can sign the petition here.
For further information:
- European Network on Statelessness, Ending Childhood Statelessness – A Comparative Study of Safeguards to Ensure the Right to a Nationality for Children Born in Europe, May 2016
- ECRE, ECRE Interviews Chris Nash, Director of the European Network on Statelessness: ‘The Impact of Statelessness Is Profound and Enduring’, 4 December 2015
- European Network on Statelessness, No Child Should be Stateless, September 2015