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Reducing statelessness means finding a solution for those without a nationality. There is one solution for statelessness: acquisition of nationality - usually of the country with which stateless persons have the strongest ties.

UNHCR works with governments to help them to make changes to legislation and procedures, which are necessary to recognize stateless people as nationals. Additionally, UNHCR liaises with NGOs, civil society organizations, UN partners and the media to publicize these changes so stateless people know how to become nationals. UNHCR also helps its partners to better advise stateless people on how to access nationality through providing legal advice and representation.



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#IBELONG: End Statelessness Now


Sign and share our Open Letter to End Statelessness by 2024.

Global Action Plan to End Statelessness: 2014-2024

The Global Action Plan sets out a clear and practical strategy comprised on 10 Actions which need to be undertaken to end statelessness in by 2024.

1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness

The 1961 Convention is the leading international instrument that sets rules for the conferral and non-withdrawal of citizenship to prevent statelessness.

Statelessness Documents on Refworld

Documents highlighting good practices to address statelessness are available in Refworld