No child should be stateless: Ensuring the right to a nationality for children in migration in Europe

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Date of webinar: 
03 Apr 2020
Start and finish time of webinar: 
10am CET
Khadija Badri
Rabea Niggemeyer

Khadija Badri, Advocacy and Engagement Officer, European Network on Statelessness

Khadija joined ENS in October 2018 to work on advocacy, with a focus on child rights, and to increase the organisation’s engagement with stateless people. She holds a master’s degree in Migration and Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies. Khadija has worked for Save the Children International, coordinating and developing their Education Advocacy and Policy work globally. She has also interned with London International Development Centre and volunteered with various refugee and asylum seeker support services in London.

Rabea Niggemeyer read an MA in Human Rights Law at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London. She focuses on birth registration and statelessness, with a focus on arbitrary deprivation of nationality. Rabea previously worked with OBMICA, the Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion and UNHCR. She was a ENS Youth Ambassador for the #StatelessKids Campaign.

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About the webinar:

Despite obligations for all European States to fulfil every child’s right to acquire a nationality, current legislation and practice means that children in migration face the risk of growing up stateless, impacting on their access to fundamental rights. This webinar will explore which children in migration are at risk of statelessness in Europe and why, the current challenges and gaps in realising every child’s right to a nationality and provide key recommendations for action at the national and regional level. This webinar is for individuals or organisations who would like to know more about the issue and how it affects children in migration, as well as some of the existing tools, resources and recommendations for addressing it.

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Paola Pelletier
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Conversation topics. Questions.

1. I dont know if this issue will be addressed, i would like to know which are the common practices of States in Europe concerning birth registration. Which are the similarities in public politices adopted by States, intentionally or not, denying the right to nationality. 

2. Good practices adopted by States in Europe concerning birth registration.

Thank you,


Federica Frascolla
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where can I find the webinar materials?

I'd like to study better this topic.

Tamas Komaromi
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Dear Federica, here is this

Dear Federica, here is this page up you should see a watch now button! Hope you find it.

Khadija Badri
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Hi Federica, T

Hi Federica, T

Thanks very much for your interest in the webinar materials. You can find the webinar slides and recording here. Our report No child should be stateless: Ensuring the right to a nationality for children in migration in Europe which was covered in the webinar is also available on our website here. If you would like to know more about how countries in Europe are performing in their protection of stateless people, and the prevention and reduction of statelessness, our StatelessnessIndex provides profiles for 24 countries in Europe with comparative information on this. Our StatelessJourneys knowledge hub also has a number of resources, such as other webinars, research reports, and country of origin information, to help  protect the rights of stateless refugees and prevent new cases of statelessness arising in the migration context in Europe.

Khadija Badri
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Dear Paola, 

Dear Paola, 


Many thanks for your question. For more information on common practices in Europe concerning birth registration, you can visit our StatelessnessIndex, which among other themes, assesses birth registration law, policy and practices among the 24 countries in Europe included on the Index. We are also publishing a briefing next month specifically focusing on good practices and addressing existing barriers in birth registration law and practice in Europe, based on the data from our StatelessnessIndex. We will be hosting a webinar (date to be confirmed but likely early May), covering the briefing and the main areas of good practices and persisting barriers. If you would like to join the webinar and access the briefing once it is published, you can sign up to our mailing list here. The report No Child Should Be Stateless: Ensuring the right to a nationality for children in migration in Europe which we covered in the webinar (and you can find the webinar recording above, which touches on birth registration and gives a case study of some of the barriers to birth registration in Germany), gives an overview of birth registration practice for children in migration in Europe. Hope that helps!

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