At least half a million people in Europe are stateless. The true number of those affected is undoubtedly much higher due to a lack of reliable data. Stateless people are denied fundamental rights that many of us take for granted: to go to school, to work, to marry, to register the birth of a child, to ‘legally exist’. But statelessness is preventable.
Together with the European Network in Statelessness and the Robert Bosch Foundation we are co-hosting the event and panel discussion:
Building alliances of changemakers: Working alongside stateless communities to end statelessness in Europe
The event will address statelessness in Europe and focus on how organisations and changemakers can build inclusive alliances to address the issue across the region.
The event will take place on 28th November at Robert Bosch Stiftung, Französische Straße 32, 10117 Berlin (map)
10:30 – Registration with coffee
11:00 – Main event and discussion
13:00 – Networking lunch
14:00 – End of event
About the Event
The event will feature a series of short presentations followed by a facilitated discussion among participants around the themes of statelessness, its impact, and building inclusive alliances for change with affected individuals and communities.
- Nina Murray, Head of Policy & Research, European Network on Statelessness (moderator)
- Osama Salem, Senior Project Manager, Robert Bosch Stiftung
- Christiana Bukalo, co-founder of Statefree
- Chris Nash, Director and co-founder of the European Network on Statelessness
Please note that the event will take place in English. Translation will not be provided.
About the Theme
Despite the scale of the problem, statelessness has historically been overlooked. In 2012 the European Network on Statelessness (ENS) was established as a civil society coordinating body and catalyst for change. Last year, ENS celebrated its 10th anniversary, growing from a small core to a committed membership of over 180 organisations and individual experts in 40 European countries.
The last decade has seen increased engagement on statelessness at national, regional, and international levels. The issue is more visible on EU, Council of Europe, and UN agendas, including through UNHCR’s #IBelong Campaign, as well as in the Global Compacts and Sustainable Development Goals. This has partly been achieved by mainstreaming awareness of statelessness as a cross-cutting issue in child rights, forced migration, access to justice, and anti-discrimination agendas.
At the same time, there has been growing recognition of the need for stateless people and their communities to be leading change efforts. Since 2020, ENS has supported a group of stateless changemakers and community representatives to come together to share their experiences, plan and take collective action. Dynamic, new stateless-led organisations such as ourselves (Statefree) have also emerged.
Despite these positive developments, the pace of law and policy reform remains too slow. Now is a critical moment to further our collective changemaking efforts, to deepen our understanding and to channel the resources necessary to end statelessness in Europe.
This event will bring together changemakers from Germany and across Europe to discuss the issue, its impact at national and regional levels, and how to build inclusive alliances for change with affected individuals and communities. At the event, ENS will launch its new five-year strategic plan with the ambitious aim to break the cycle of statelessness in Europe.
Looking forward to seeing you there!