For example, without proof of place or date of birth, nor of parentage, states may dispute these facts and fail to consider a person as a national even if he or she would qualify under the law on the basis of these ties. The hand of discrimination can often be seen at play when it comes to obtaining documentation of nationality, with ethnic and religious minorities, nomadic communities and the rural poor more likely to face barriers than religious and ethnic majorities and urban populations. A surprising number of situations of statelessness actually stem from the poor administration or documentation of a country’s nationals during the period of state formation or when the first citizenship registration was carried out.  Individuals and groups who have had difficulties accessing birth or other forms of civil registration may find themselves unable to provide sufficient documentation require by the State to issue citizenship. 

For example, without proof of place or date of birth, nor of parentage, states may dispute these facts and fail to consider a person as a national even if he or she would qualify under the law on the basis of these ties.