REPORT: HOW EUROPEAN COUNTRIES CAN STOP PEOPLE WITHOUT NATIONALITY BEING LOCKED UP IN LIMBO

 

                                                                                                                                                                                    #LockedInLimbo

A report published today (4 May) by the European Network on Statelessness (ENS) on the use of immigration detention warns that stateless people are often detained for months and even years, without any real prospect of their cases being resolved. This is because immigration systems do not have appropriate procedures in place to identify those who are left without nationality and to protect stateless people.

The report calls on European governments to reform their immigration and detention systems to comply with their international human rights obligations and end the arbitrary detention of stateless people. States need to put in place procedures to identify people without nationality so that they don’t end up locked up in limbo.

Chris Nash, Director of the European Network on Statelessness said:

“Across Europe a failure by states to put in place effective systems to identify stateless people leaves them exposed to repeated and prolonged detention. These men, women and children fall between the cracks, because no country will recognise them as nationals. This is preventable, and today we are publishing a clear agenda for change which will help end this travesty.”

Angela Li Rosi, Deputy Director of UNHCR Bureau for Europe said:

“Stateless persons across Europe risk serious violations of their right to liberty and security of person. They can face repeated and prolonged detention not because they committed a crime but because they are not allowed to stay in the country. They are told they don’t belong anywhere. Their children are invisible, their families do not exist. UNHCR will continue to work with ENS to support States in ending this human suffering in Europe.”

ENS has launched a new online campaign #LockedInLimbo and a statement signed by civil society organisations and leading lawyers and academics from over 30 European countries will be sent to governments highlighting that consensus is building in Europe that the current use of immigration detention is unsustainable, harmful, and, in many cases, unlawful.

 

Pan-regional conference on arbitrary detention of stateless people



In 2017 ENS will focus on key issues identified throughout our research, which must be addressed at national and regional levels if change is to be achieved.

On 4-5 May 2017, we will hold a major regional conference in Budapest to launch a new comparative report as well as to provide a platform for concerted Europe-wide advocacy aimed at protecting stateless persons from arbitrary detention.

The conference is intended to facilitate the sharing of information among stakeholders from across Europe. You can find out more about the conference here.