More than 115 countries don't report numbers of their stateless population. This is only one of the reasons that make it difficult to find comprehensive and accessible information on statelessness.
The recent publication An Atlas of the Stateless by the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung is therefore a very welcome work offering us a critical and broad overview on statelessness. It collects facts and figures about exclusion and displacement, and covers different topics such as rights, conventions and the history of statelessness.
Reflecting the title of the publication, it zooms into different regions of the world and addresses the multiple reasons for statelessness and the particular struggles stateless people face in different countries.
The publication also includes a section on the impact of Covid-19 on stateless people, and points out how climate change creates new risks for statelessness.
In the section ‘Famous but Stateless’ we learn about famous stateless individuals, reminding us of the valuable and important work that has been done by people denied their right to citizenship.