French Administrative Supreme Court rejected a stateless status application from a Sahrawi applicant

Published: 13/Jul/2023
Source: European Network on Statelessness


France’s highest administrative court has denied statelessness status to a Sahrawi-born individual residing in the country since 2013. The decision, based on procedural grounds and a narrow interpretation of statelessness, raises important questions about the imposition of nationality by occupying powers, the right to self-determination, and the role of international law in protecting stateless individuals. This article examines the details of the case, highlights the legal arguments put forth, and discusses the broader implications for stateless people in similar situations around the world.

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Themes: Statelessness
Regions: Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (Western Sahara)
Year: 2023