Still Stateless, Still Suffering – Why Europe must act now to protect stateless persons
As part of its campaign to protect stateless persons in Europe, the European Network on Statelessness (ENS) has gathered testimonies from stateless migrants across the continent. While just a small snapshot of Europe’s total stateless population, these too long unheard voices speak powerfully to the human impact that statelessness has on people living in Europe. ENS hopes that their voices can help persuade European leaders to prioritise as a matter of urgency, the strengthening of protection for stateless persons.
The stories are organised around four themes which emerged when ENS and its members conducted 20 interviews with stateless migrants in 11 countries across Europe, namely: detention, destitution, life in limbo and waiting to belong. Some of the testimonies gathered cut across more than one of these themes which in practice are very often interconnected. These moving first-hand accounts reveal a disturbing picture reflecting the lives of an estimated 600,000 stateless persons across Europe.
The report is attached as a file and calls on states to implement adequate safeguards and regularisation procedures for stateless persons. You can support by the ENS campaign by signing the petition on The European Network on Statelessness website.
This petition will be handed over to European leaders at an event in the European Parliament on 14 October 2014, so do act now.
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