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Committee names four states whose laws risk leaving children stateless

Laws on nationality in Cyprus, Norway, Romania and Switzerland “contain insufficient or no safeguards against childhood statelessness, in breach of regional and international obligations,” according to a report from PACE just made public.

Approving a draft resolution this week during a meeting in Strasbourg, PACE’s Migration Committee listed another 11 Council of Europe member states which have “conditional safeguards which do not provide full protection against child statelessness”.

“in some Council of Europe member states parents cannot pass on their nationality to their children, and in others the safeguard is dependent on residence requirements which do not comply with international norms,” the committee said.

The full Assembly is due to debate the draft resolution, based on a report by Manlio di Stefano (Italy, NR), later this year.