Having no home
by Abigail Dawson
Imagine having lived in a country for the majority of your life or having been born here and still not being recognised as a citizen of this country. This place is the only city, people, streets and languages you know. Yet, you are still considered other.
In the lead up to World Refugee Day, my colleagues and I have been working with young people who are stateless or at risk of becoming stateless. Being stateless essentially means that you are not recognised as a citizen under the operation of the laws of a country – you are a citizen nowhere. Conflicts in citizenship law and practice perpetuate statelessness – it is preventable.