Statelessness is making its way onto the Dutch political agenda and changes to the statelessness determination procedure have been promised. The Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance will organise a colloquium that will take a closer look at the proposed changes and their implications for stateless persons in the Netherlands. The symposium will be held at 2 March from 2-5pm at the Faculty of Law of the University of Amsterdam and is open to the public. It will be held in Dutch and English.
Some background information: In 2011, the UNHCR issued a critical study on the position of stateless persons in the Netherlands, entitled ‘Mapping Statelessness in the Netherlands’. Two years later, a separate report by the national Advisory Committee on Migration Affairs confirmed the problems faced by this vulnerable group. In response to the latter, the State Secretary (Teeven) promised to introduce a statelessness determination procedure in the Netherlands, and to amend the Dutch nationality law so as to allow stateless children born in the Netherlands to obtain Dutch nationality more easily. What do these promises mean for the Dutch stateless? What will improve and for whom? And, perhaps even more importantly, what issues will remain unaddressed if these promises are fulfilled?
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