Stateless persons are the people who are not recognized by any country in the whole world. However, we should bear in mind the distinction between officially recognized stateless persons and those who are not registered at all. Undocumented stateless persons face serious problems: they cannot officially work, enter into contracts, buy property, or just to live a usual life, like everybody else.
In 2020, several important steps in this case were taken by the government of Ukraine, one of which was the adoption of the Law of Ukraine «On Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of Ukraine Concerning Recognition as a Stateless Person». Unfortunately, despite the fact that the law is already in force, it is still in the process of being enacted. The second problem is with the draft law «On Administrative Procedure», which also regulates the issue: it needs to be substantially finalized before preparation for the second reading.
We invite You to watch the video developed and created by the Right to Protection CF with the support of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), where all the key moments on the recognition as a stateless person in Ukraine are mentioned.
Particularly, the video provides answers to the following questions:
- Who the procedure concerns;
- Where to apply for the recognition as stateless person;
- What the determination procedure will be like;
- What are the grounds for denial for a recognition;
- Which documents will confirm the status of the person;
- Rights and opportunities of a stateless person;
The contents of this material are the sole responsibility of the Right to Protection CF and cannot be used to reflect the views of UNHCR.