If you are stateless, you do not have nationality of any country. No country will look after you, you cannot vote in any country, and no foreign embassy will extend its help to protect your rights. You often have nowhere you can legally reside. You would be forbidden from accessing many of the services citizens often take for granted – like healthcare and social welfare. You often cannot legally cross international borders because you lack identity and/or travel documents.
The human costs of statelessness are harrowing. Stateless people are left at risk of destitution, homelessness, exploitation and unlimited immigration detention.
This is one of the most complex areas of international protection– and we are determined to tackle it. Consonant is at the forefront of work on statelessness in the UK.
How we work on Statelessness
Legal advice & representation
Consonant offers free legal advice and representation for applications to remain in the UK as a stateless person under the Immigration Rules, Part 14. Stateless persons in need of legal advice and those assisting stateless people may be interested in our Statelessness Portal. Please note that following changes to the immigration rules we are currently updating the portal and therefore some information may not be up-to-date. Referrals can be made by email to: email@example.com.
We may also be able to assist with other matters affecting stateless persons, such as applying for asylum or problems with housing or support. If we can’t help, we will do our best to refer you to someone who can.
Policy & Advocacy
Consonant’s Policy and Campaigns team seeks to increase awareness and understanding of statelessness in the UK and to work with the Home Office towards improvements in statelessness decision making. Among other activities, we offer free training (both for lawyers and non-lawyers) on statelessness.
Please contact us if you are interested in training or can provide information about statelessness in the UK from your own work.
Read our briefing notes about statelessness here.
Voting rights for stateless people
Stateless people have no nationality. They are often excluded from many things others take for granted – like healthcare, education, identity documents, and social welfare. They are usually unable to vote in any country, and therefore unable to fully participate in democratic processes. We think this should change. Watch and share our video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=asrhCsoL1bo&t=16s