10 million people around the world have no place to call "home"

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A young Syrian mother crosses the border into Jordan with her month-old son. Syrian children born in exile are particularly vulnerable to statelessness. UNHCR/S.Rich

At least 10 million people around the world have no nationality, according to a new report by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).

They are "stateless" meaning they are allowed no nationality and are often denied rights and services that countries offer their citizens, the agency says.

Discrimination based on religion, ethnicity or gender and the growing number of conflicts is why some people have no place to call "home".

Meanwhile, every ten minutes a baby is born stateless because in some countries mothers cannot pass on their nationality.

Speaking to Jocelyne Sambira, UNHCR's Adrian Edwards described it as a "nightmare".

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