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Atlas of the stateless

The reality of people without citizenship is dramatic and yet invisible. Their civil and human rights often go unrecognized, they have no access to a healthcare system, education system, or the job market. In this Atlas, you will find facts and figures about the situation of stateless people across the world and possible ways we can change this reality. Take a look!

What are reasons for statelessness

People become stateless for many reasons. These include being denied citizenship, fleeing their homeland, being displaced, religious discrimination, or following a nomadic lifestyle. The consequences for those affected are as different as they are far-reaching: stateless people are particularly vulnerable because no country protects them and they have no access to basic rights or to a “normal” life. Since they are often unable to sign contracts, even access to adequate housing is unavailable to them.


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A fight for the right to have rights!

Without the “right to have rights” and to belong to a political and social community, all other human rights are null and void. This applies to stateless people as well as to all disenfranchised people—people without documents, minorities without access to legal protection, refugees without residency status, and people who are homeless, unemployed, or exploited.

Stateless Palestinians in Syria

How can it be that I am here and yet I cannot exist?

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With original contributions by:

Zahra Albarazi, David C. Baluarte, Dietmar Bartz, Proloy Barua, Subir Bhaumik, Hans-Ulrich Dillmann, Christian Jakob, Vladan Jeremić, Melanie Khanna,
Aleksandra Kuczyńska-Zonik, Nicola Liebert, Linda Lumayag, Bronwen Manby, Thomas McGee, Sindisiwe Moyo, Chris Nash, Graham Pote, Olivia Rajerison, Matthias Reuß, Johanna Katharina Seidl, Katherine Southwick, Jaber Suleiman, Samira Trad and Kim Weidenberg.


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