Statelessness in the EU

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However, for approximately 12 million people worldwide this is not the case and they remain stateless (Månsson). The United Nations of Human Rights defines statelessness as “Someone who is not considered as a national by any state under the operation of its law (de jure stateless) or due to inability to prove identity (de facto stateless).” (United Nations Human Rights, 2012). Hence, being stateless will lead to severe hardship for people not being able to have fully access to fundamental human rights and freedoms. Even though the European Union has recognised the consequences statelessness has on security and human welfare, yet little effort has been made so far (Nowhere People). In this view, gaps in nationality legislation still exist and these are still the main cause of statelessness in Europe. Therefore, the EU should create a common European framework in order to prevent statelessness. The right to citizenship is one of the fundamental human rights guaranteed by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This declaration was signed by all EU Member States and supposed to eliminate the stateless individual as a counterpart to the “national” (Icelandic Human Rights centre). In fact, statelessness nowadays affects more than 600,000 people in Europe and still remains a hidden phenomenon with…

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