THE WORLD'S STATELESS

 

It is estimated there are currently 10 Million stateless people in the world today.   Statelessness impacts the lives of people and communities all over the world: in Asia, in Africa, in the Middle East, in Europe, in North and South America. It impacts men, women and children.  Statelessness impacts people of all colors, races and religions. 

A person can become stateless for any number of reasons: discrimination, the denial of nationality by the State, the breaking apart and the creation of new countries, gender discrimination, legal gaps in nationality laws, the denial or absence of documentation are just a few reason why people have become stateless. 

Often, stateless people are deprived of any number of rights and opportunities afforded to others who are not stateless.  These can include: the right to travel freely, to acquire documentation like a birth certificate, passport & ID card, to have access to healthcare and an education, to be employed or open a bank account or own land, to participate in the political process.

NUMBERS

The following statistics are recognized stateless people as reported by the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR).  It is widely agreed that the number of stateless people in the world today is around 10 Million people.  Why the difference in Numbers?  There are several countries in the world with significant numbers of stateless people in them but verifiable statistics are not available. 

1,420,000

990,000

ASIA

AFRICA

670,000

EUROPE

440,000

MIDDLE EAST

210,000

AMERICAS