A chance to join a webinar on children’s right to a nationality and birth registration

The European Network on Statelessness will be organising a webinar that will focus on how frontline refugee responders can identify (risk of) childhood statelessness during asylum procedures, tools for responding to, recording and referring cases of statelessness, and offer an introduction to what needs to change at the policy and operational level.

As highlighted by the Network; children of refugees from certain countries are at heightened risk of being stateless. In host countries where the nationality laws contain safeguards to prevent childhood statelessness, the failure to identify the risk of childhood statelessness can result in such safeguards not being properly applied in practice, and a stateless child may not acquire the nationality of that country even though eligible to do so.

Identifying statelessness is critical to determining international protection needs. In countries of origin or former habitual residence, children may be at risk of persecution or be unable to avail themselves of state protection because of their statelessness. A host state’s failure to identify statelessness can also put children at risk and cause serious human rights violations.

A stateless refugee child whose statelessness remains unidentified may be at heightened risk of living in extreme poverty for extended periods and being pushed into exploitative situations. Failure to identify statelessness can also lead to difficulties for stateless children to access family reunification and naturalization.

Children born in situations of war or forced migration are at heightened risk of not having their birth registered in any country (whether born in their parents’ country of origin/former habitual residence, a transit country, or in a host country). A child whose birth is not registered is at increased risk of not being considered a national of any country and not being able to access other rights, such as education, welfare benefits, and healthcare.

The Webinar will take place on 16 May, 13:00 CET. Register here

This webinar is aimed at anyone working within the refugee or asylum context, particularly those who work with children who are seeking asylum or other protection, including government and civil society practitioners, community representatives, social workers, and others.