29/05/2024 – Webinar #StatelessJourneys – What’s next for work to protect the rights of stateless refugees in Europe?

Webinar #StatelessJourneys – What’s next for work to protect the rights of stateless refugees in Europe?

This webinar marks the culmination of our #StatelessJourneys campaign and will reflect on our joint efforts over the last four years with ENS members, partners, and stateless changemakers.

The webinar will take place on Wednesday the 29th of May, at 10:00-11:00 GMT / 11:00-12:00 CET.

Register online now.


  • Sirazul Islam (Moderator) – Community Engagement Coordinator, European Network on Statelessness
  • Nina Murray – Head of Policy & Research, European Network on Statelessness
  • Luis Cerdan Ortiz-Quintana – Justice and Home Affairs Counsellor, Permanent Mission of Spain to the EU
  • Thugten Drupka – President, Association of Bhutanese Communities in Denmark (ABCD)
  • Aleksandra Semeriak Gavrilenok – ENS Trustee, Member of Apatride Network and Statefree, formerly stateless person
  • Valeria Ilareva – Chairperson & Head lawyer, Foundation for Access to Rights (FAR)

WEBINAR Description

This webinar will consider the progress made in advancing the rights of stateless refugees & migrants in Europe and discuss next steps. Working together, we have achieved significant impact through:

  • Delivering extensive research/analysis and capacity-building activities
  • Advocating for law and policy reform both at regional level and through national coalitions
  • Telling people’s stories
  • Engaging with affected communities to better understand – and take action to improve – the lives of stateless refugees

As the EU grapples with the implications of the new Pact on Migration and Asylum, we will consider its impact on stateless refugees and migrants. Our #StatelessJourneys campaign highlighted why identifying statelessness is critical to determining international protection needs and protecting fundamental rights, including the rights of children. Whilst the Pact raises significant concerns about the EU’s approach to migration and asylum more broadly, it is welcome that our calls for improved identification of statelessness were heard by policymakers and incorporated in the adopted instruments. These new provisions now need to be implemented so statelessness is identified, and stateless people’s rights are respected in EU asylum systems.

The webinar will hear from some of those involved in the project about what they have been doing and what they think is needed to build on the significant momentum we have achieved. Together we need to find ways to ensure that refugee response actors:

  • Continue developing and using necessary tools and knowledge to act on recent policy changes
  • Monitor and hold those in power to account on their implementation Continue to ensure that people affected by statelessness are not forgotten in ongoing much-needed efforts to uphold the fundamental rights of refugees and migrants in Europe