There are more than ten million stateless people in the world
today and every year up to 70 000 children are born into statelessness.
There are over 600 000 stateless people in Europe alone. The majority
of Europe’s stateless were born and live in Europe; many of them
would not be stateless today if all European countries had comprehensive
safeguards against childhood statelessness as required by international
law. The current refugee crisis, which has seen hundreds of thousands
of Syrian and other refugees flee their countries in the hope of
a more secure life in Europe, brings a new statelessness challenge
which, if not addressed comprehensively, will see a further increase
in Europe’s stateless population.
This report urges member States to work together to promote
the prevention and resolution of statelessness and to provide comprehensive
protection to ensure that refugee, asylum-seeking and migrant children
and the children of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants born on
their territories are protected from childhood statelessness, taking
into account the best interests of the child and the need to prevent
exclusion and discrimination in adulthood.