Statelessness

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A person is stateless where he or she is not attributed to any state, that is where he or she does not belong to any state. Statelessness is want of any nationality or citizenship.

A Stateless Person is defined in article 1 of the Convention Relating to the Status of Stateless Persons 1954 (for that Convention’s purposes) as a  person who is not considered as a national by any State under the operation of its law.

A principal practical effect of being a Stateless Person is that he or she lacks a state in the world to which he or she may return to as of right as a national of citizen of that state. That is to say there is no state in which that person may live and work free of immigration controls.

Additionally, for a Stateless person there is no state from which that person may seek consular assistance or diplomatic protection when in a foreign state on the basis that he or she belongs to the state from which such assistance or protection is sought. A Stateless Person lacking a state or his or her own requires surrogate protection from a state while seeking a durable solution to his or her situation through the acquisition of a nationality.

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