Georgia accedes to UN Convention to combat statelessness

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The UN refugee agency  (UNHCR) has welcomed the decision of Georgia to accede to the 1954 Convention relating to the Status of Stateless Persons.

Stateless persons are technically not citizens of any country and therefore cannot work, study or access basic rights in the host country.

Accession to Convention will allow the Georgian government to define statelessness under national law, establish statelessness determination procedures to grant a status that would respect the rights and establish the responsibilities of stateless persons in Georgia.

The Convention will enter into force in Georgia on 22 March next year.

According to the official statistics as of September 2011, some 1,600 stateless people have been identified and registered by the Georgian authorities.

A significant group of people in Georgia, estimated at approximately 4,000 remain at risk of statelessness. 

UNHCR estimates that there are 12 million stateless people in the world.

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