Statelessness cannot be used to manage migration


Stateless people across Southern Africa are invisible. Without a nationality and the means to prove it, people cannot access basic education and health services, employment opportunities, and birth registration or voting rights. There are concerning signs that states in Southern Africa are using statelessness as a migration management tool and in so doing are promoting it instead of combatting it.

Drawing on new ISS research, this seminar examines the situation in the region and warns against the costs of statelessness to all of society.

Chair: Ottilia Anna Maunganidze, Head, Special Projects, ISS


Aimee-Noel Mbiyozo, Senior Research Consultant, Migration Programme, ISS Pretoria

Lloyd Kuveya, Research Consultant, Amnesty International Southern Africa Regional Office

Sindisiwe Moyo, Advocacy Officer, Scalabrini Centre of Cape Town

Liesl Muller, Attorney, Statelessness Project, Lawyers for Human Rights

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