About European Network on Statelessness

The European Network on Statelessness (ENS) is a civil society alliance of over 160 non-governmental organisations, academics and individual experts in 40 countries, committed to addressing statelessness in Europe.

Everyone has the right to a nationality. We believe this must be respected and those who lack nationality - stateless people - are entitled to full protection. We are dedicated to working with stateless people in Europe to advocate for respect of their human rights. We aim to reach our goals through law and policy development, awareness-raising, and capacity-building.

Our strategic plan (2019-23) outlines how we are moving forward in the next stage of our journey, to capitalise on the strength of our membership and our authoritative voice on statelessness and translate this into tangible change for stateless people in Europe.

Our goals for this five-year period are to:

  1. Mobilise support to challenge statelessness by sharing knowledge and expertise
    We will work to motivate and mobilise new supporters to act in a way that results in positive change for stateless people. We will grow awareness of statelessness by sharing evidence, knowledge, and experiences with diverse audiences.
  2. Strengthen collaboration and achieve change through a pan-European network
    We will maintain an effective and sustainable membership that is informed, engaged, and resourced to work on statelessness. Our joint campaigning and advocacy will be designed to reflect the priorities and capacities of our members to enable their sustained engagement and secure lasting impact. Our members will be able to share and develop their expertise within our Network.
  3. Monitor, inform and promote effective law, policy and practice
    We will inform and frame the debate by ensuring that other actors are able to identify gaps and actively engage with legal and policy solutions to statelessness. Our work will be intersectional and inform a better understanding of how law, policy and practice impacts on different stateless people.
  4. Work with people affected by statelessness to inform and deliver our mission
    We will build relationships and create opportunities to collaborate with individuals and groups affected by statelessness. We will be accountable in our work and take steps to ensure that the decisions we take and the work we prioritise reflects the views and experiences of diverse stateless communities in Europe.
  5. Be an ethical and effective organisation
    We will be an organisation where staff and volunteers are respected, valued and motivated. We must ensure robust monitoring and evaluation of our work to evidence our impact and to effectively target our resources towards our strategic objectives.

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