COVID & Statelessness

Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion is working to monitor the impact of COVID-19 on stateless persons globally. They are currently running a survey to capture how the pandemic and related law and policy changes are affecting stateless persons and/or civil society efforts to address statelessness - if you have related information, please fill out their survey. (It’s also available in Spanish, French, Arabic and Russian).

You can read more about how COVID-19 is affecting stateless populations on ISI’s dedicated COVID-19 page and their latest update.

How has the pandemic affected people who are stateless or at risk of statelessness in your area? How are legal empowerment groups responding to these needs?

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Several groups have issued statements related to the effect of COVID-19 and various countries’ pandemic responses on stateless communities. Here are a few -

Feel free to add any advocacy statements or other publications related to statelessness and the COVID-19 pandemic here!


Hello @lauragoodwin hope you are fine.

The continuum of the Novel virus has left a hallmark on any person living on the globe today, but the degree of its negative effects on each person or community diverses.

Stateless and marginalized individuals who have been suffering owing to lack of justice, homelessness, food shortages,gender based violences, discrimination,isolation,unfair distribution of resources ,lack of citizenship documentation and more, are today struggling under an unbeatable and unbearable restrictions imposed by the government.

In Wajir county, where the organization I work with operates,11 individuals contacted the deadly disease, no recoveries and no death.The marginalized communities in Wajir are facing obstacles more than ever.

The indigenous people from this county normally undergo unique challenges ,even long before Covid19 has emerged, while everyone was probably drinking a hot soup, they use to undergo a long and tiresome vetting processes imposed by the government for a security purposes that are never solved! Citizenship documentation issues that are based on discrimination and corruption! Shortage of healthcare facilities and professionals! Lack of education,lack of free movement and lack of ability to own property due to lack of documentation such as an Identification Card!

Now that things are more insidious, and that the challenges they use to encounter are still persistent, there is no doubt, that they are in a painful and haunting situations. Most of them are under self-quarantined and monitoring fasting since we are in the holy month of Ramadan, hence,every little chance they get,is spent on looking for their daily bread.

Heralding Development Organization(HIDOW), is trying best it can do towards adapting this haywire situation. We are still struggling to come up with strategies on how to handle the situation, but hopefully, with the cooperation of different organizations we partner and the useful ideas we gather from this proficient community discussions, we will drive successfully.

We already had a spotless voice/video calls with NRF,Haki na Sheria,Haki na Center and NAMATI representatives via zoom,on how to devise and adapt toward the pandemic and we are still expecting more as scheduled.

Thank you