Stateless

Stateless

Stateless persons face gaps in protection and in many cases experience persecution that falls within the refugee paradigm. However, US asylum policy does not adequately address the myriad legal problems that confront the stateless, who have been largely invisible in the jurisprudence and academic literature. This article analyzes two federal appellate court opinions that shed new light on the intersection of statelessness and refugee law in the United States. It makes recommendations for developing legislative, regulatory and other policy guidance concerning statelessness claims.

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Birthright citizenship regimes are common in the Americas. However, birthright citizenship has been hotly contested in the United States and the Dominican Republic. In the Dominican Republic, the historical construction of national identity and anti-Haitian discourse has motivated a shift in law to deny citizenship to Dominican-born children of Haitian descent. In the United States, proposals to revoke birthright citizenship for the children of unauthorized immigrants stand little chance of success, but have nonetheless shifted the parameters of the immigration debate. The DREAMers in the United States and youth movements in the Dominican Republic seek to broaden concepts of societal belonging and membership, which may be the most effective way to safeguard birthright citizenship regimes.

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CMSOnAir | Pelenise Alofa on Climate Change Migration
Warming temperatures, increasing rainfall, ocean acidification, and rising sea levels are threatening the 33 islands of the Kiribati (pronounced Kee-ree-bas) nation (Office of the President, Republic of Kiribati n.d.a).  The islands, which spread across the central Pacific Ocean, barely exceed...

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The Stateless Rohingya in Thailand
It is estimated that there are at least 10 million stateless people in the world today.[1] Because the stateless have no formally recognized nationality or citizenship they are often unable to avail themselves of the legal and diplomatic protections of any...

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