This ENS webinar is the first webinar of the #StatelessJourney series on Identifying and Addressing Statelessness in the Refugee Context. The failure to identify statelessness and protect stateless people can put people at risk and cause serious human rights violations. This webinar will focus on how to identify (risk of) statelessness during the asylum procedure, and why this is important.
Date: 8 March, 2023
This webinar will focus on how frontline refugee responders can identify (risk of) statelessness during the asylum procedure, 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.
The failure to identify statelessness within the context of forced migration can put people at risk and cause serious human rights violations. People may have experienced persecution or have been unable to avail themselves of state protection because of their statelessness, meaning identifying statelessness is critical to determining international protection needs.
Failure to identify statelessness can also negatively impact proper determination of the refugee claim, as well as lead to difficulties for stateless persons to access family reunification and naturalization, and where their international protection claim is not accepted, could result in them being trapped in limbo and subject to arbitrary and protracted detention with no prospect of removal as no state recognizes them as a national.
These risks must be addressed through improved guidance on identifying the risk of statelessness and clear referral systems between asylum and statelessness determination procedures.
This webinar is aimed at anyone working within the refugee or asylum context, whether from government or civil society, including community representatives. It will be particularly relevant for first responders at the borders and those involved in refugee registration, reception and screening procedures.