Mapping Statelessness in Belgium / Mapping Statelessness in Belgium

Date: 1 October 2012

Author/s: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) ;

Abstract (Original Language):

This study was launched at the time of the 50th anniversary of the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness (the 1961 Convention). At the ministerial meeting to commemorate this anniversary in Geneva in December 2011, governments expressed their concern that “millions of people live without a nationality, which limits enjoyment of their rights”. They pledged to “work towards addressing statelessness and protecting stateless persons, including, as applicable, through national legislation and strengthening mechanisms for birth registration”. Belgium was among the states that announced and later pledged to accede to the 1961 Convention and to introduce a new procedure for the determination of statelessness to be conducted by the Commissioner General for Refugees and Stateless Persons (CGRS), thereby contributing to what the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres, described as “a real breakthrough, a quantum leap, … in relation to the protection of stateless people”. Statelessness is not confined to the developing world or distant countries. It is a global problem affecting an estimated 12 million people worldwide. While the largest concentration of stateless people is to be found in Asia, all across the globe there are people who live or survive without the elementary benefits of a nationality. Belgium is no exception.

Country of Interest: Belgium Lebanon Syria Bhutan Kazakhstan Afghanistan

Type: Reports

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