This publication is intended to assist in the prevention and reduction of statelessness and the protection of stateless persons by providing a framework for analysing situations where persons are stateless or are at risk of becoming stateless.
The Framework is designed to identify causes of statelessness, obstacles to acquisition of nationality and the risks faced by stateless persons as well as to highlight the capacities of all concerned stakeholders to minimize those risks. Identifying risks and causes of statelessness as well as gaps in the protection of stateless persons is a necessary first step to prioritizing and developing measures to guarantee enjoyment of the full range of human rights including the right to an effective nationality. The gaps analysis produced using this Framework should comprehensively map gaps in citizenship law and practice as well as unmet needs. It should serve as a basis for the collaborative development of short and long-term strategies that support States in preventing and reducing statelessness and ensuring the rights of stateless persons.