Addressing statelessness in the MENA region: a new network for mobilisation

Published: 1/Juin/2023
Source: Forced Migration Review

Zahra Albarazi and Thomas McGee

A new regional network on statelessness in the Middle East and North Africa region is raising awareness and providing a platform for mobilisation.

Statelessness has been an issue across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region since the very origins of its modern nation-state system. According to UNHCR statistics, there are thousands of individuals across the MENA region who live without a nationality – and millions more if one includes the Palestinians recorded under a separate system.[1] Whole families and communities can be affected by statelessness, and statelessness can be inherited across multiple generations, causing severe violations of fundamental rights.

As co-coordinators of the relatively recently formed MENA Statelessness Network,[2] we reflect on how the varied positions and experiences of those working on the issue of statelessness throughout the region have been represented. Moreover, we consider a challenge we regularly face: (how) can a regional network support bottom-up interventions led by stateless persons and their allies at local or national levels?

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Themes: Apatridie
Regions: Afrique du Nord
Year: 2023