UN Report urged to end up Statelessness of Children

State_learnerA latest report by the UN refugee agency highlights the long-term consequences of statelessness for children such as being deprived of medical care, education and future access to employment.

United Nations urged the need of an urgent action to tackle problem of statelessness among refugee children before it “sets in stone” and start haunting children.

UN High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres, said in a statement, “In the short time that children get to be children, statelessness can set in stone grave problems that will haunt them throughout their childhood and sentence them to a life of discrimination, frustration and despair,” adding that no child should be stateless.

He stressed that the report, which is released one year after the launch of UNHCR’s #IBelong Campaign to End Statelessness by 2024, highlights the need to end the suffering of stateless children in a world where a child is born stateless at least every 10 minutes.

According to UNHCR, stateless young people are often denied the opportunity to receive school qualifications, go to university and find a decent job. They face discrimination and harassment by authorities and are more vulnerable to exploitation. Their lack of nationality often sentences them and their families and communities to remain impoverished and marginalized for generations.

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