Stateless persons


A person who is not considered as a national by any State under the operation of its law


The future of nationality in the Pacific: preventing statelessness and nationality loss in the context of climate change

This report identifies risks of statelessness and nationality loss under current citizenship laws in the Pacific and recommends reforms that will support Pacific Islanders to retain and pass on their citizenship.

Atlas of the stateless

In this report, the authors explain why people become stateless and provide solutions for reducing the number of stateless people worldwide.

Lives on hold: refugees and asylum seekers in the ‘Legacy Caseload’

This report reveals the human rights situation for approximately 30,000 refugees and asylum seekers who arrived in Australia by boat before 1 January 2014. Due to a number of legal and policy changes since 2012, these people are treated differently from other groups of asylum...

"This is our home" Stateless minorities and their search for citizenship

This report explains the circumstances that have led to millions of people around the world not being recognized as citizens, drawing on discussions with four stateless or formerly stateless minority groups.

Global trends: forced displacement in 2016

By the end of 2016, 65.6 million individuals were forcibly displaced worldwide as a result of persecution, conflict, violence, or human rights violations. That was an increase of 300,000 people over the previous year, and the world’s forcibly displaced population remained at a record high.

Statelessness in Australia

The right to a nationality is a fundamental human right, enshrined in Article 15 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Having a nationality also facilitates the enjoyment of many other human rights, often being a prerequisite for taking part in political life of your...

A test that will divide, not unite

A citizenship test would exclude people who for all practical purposes are Australians, write Brian Costar and Peter Mares.

West Papua's forgotten asylum seekers

The arrival of 43 asylum seekers in Australia in January 2006 has again brought the issue of West Papua to international attention.