June 11, 2010, 10:25 a.m.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has released a strategy note that provides a framework of action to address statelessness issues. UNHCR hopes the note will prove useful at the field level, and be used by governments, UN and civil society partners, and regional organizations.
Today, an estimated 12 million people are stateless worldwide: they are not considered as nationals by any State under the operation of its law. Statelessness often limits access to birth registration, identity documentation, education, health care, legal employment, property ownership, political participation and freedom of movement.