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Statelessness and Citizenship: A Comparative Study on the Benefits of Nationality

Statelessness and Citizenship: A Comparative Study on the Benefits of Nationality

by Brad K. Blitz, Maureen LynchBrad K. Blitz


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The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees estimates that there are more than 12 million stateless people in the world. The existence of stateless populations challenges some central tenets of international law and contemporary human rights discourses, yet only a very small number of states have made measurable progress in helping individuals acquire or regain citizenship. This fascinating study examines positive developments in eight countries and pinpoints the benefits of citizenship now enjoyed by formerly stateless persons.

The expert contributors present an original comparative study that draws upon legal and political analysis as well as empirical research (incorporating over 120 interviews conducted in eight countries), and features the documentary photography of Greg Constantine. The benefits of citizenship over statelessness are identified at both community and individual level, and include the fundamental right to enjoy a nationality, to obtain identification documents, to be represented politically, to access the formal labor market and to move about freely. Gaining or reacquiring citizenship helps eliminate isolation and solicits the empowerment of individuals, collectively and personally. Such changes are of considerable importance to the advancement of a human rights regime based on dignity and respect.

This highly original and thought-provoking book will strongly appeal to a wide-ranging audience including academics, researchers, students, human rights activists and government officials with an interest in a diverse range of fields encompassing law, international studies, public policy, human rights and citizenship.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781849800679
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing
Publication date: 03/01/2011
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Edited by Brad K. Blitz, Professor of International Politics and Policy, University College London, UK and Maureen Lynch, Washington-based Affiliate, International Observatory on Statelessness

Table of Contents


1. Statelessness and the Deprivation of Nationality

Brad K. Blitz and Maureen Lynch

2. Nationality and Rights

Laura van Waas

3. Citizenship in Kenya: The Nubian Case

Abraham Korir Sing’Oei

4. From Erased and Excluded to Active Participants in Slovenia

Jelka Zorn

5. From Statelessness to Citizenship: Up-country Tamils in Sri Lanka

P.P. Sivapragasam

6. Citizenship Reform and Challenges for the Crimean Tatars in Ukraine

Rustem Ablyatifov

7. The Urdu-speakers of Bangladesh: An Unfinished Story of Enforcing Citizenship Rights

Katherine Southwick

8. Mauritania: Citizenship Lost and Found

Julia Harrington Reddy

9. Statelessness, Citizenship and Belonging in Estonia

Raivo Vetik

10. Arabia’s Bidoon

Abbas Shiblak

11. Summary and Conclusions

Maureen Lynch and Brad K. Blitz

12. Epilogue

James A. Goldston



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