This week’s featured resource is From Syria to Europe: Experience of Stateless Kurds and Palestinian Refugees from Syria Seeking Protection in Europe from the Institute of Statelessness and Inclusion and the European Network on Statelessness, Steunpunt Vluchtelingen (ASKV). This report presents a number of common challenges experienced by stateless Syrians seeking asylum in Europe. From the interviews conducted for this report, the following issues were highlighted in particular: accessing protection in Europe, registration as ‘stateless’, family reunification, naturalization, avoidance of childhood statelessness.
As the testimonies highlighted demonstrate, one of the most significant problems is that there is limited – if any – understanding of statelessness among the different stakeholders who the participants interviewed have interacted with. There is insufficient knowledge and/or capacity to identify cases of statelessness and tailor support accordingly. Among many of those interviewed in Greece and the Netherlands, this has led to difficulties in accessing appropriate protection and assistance. As a result, the people concerned have been less equipped to navigate key procedures such as family reunification or naturalization. Stateless Syrians widely perceive their statelessness as a factor that has increased their vulnerability at different stages of their journey to, as well as their reception in, their settled country.
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