ASAP member Tendayi Bloom has published a new blog post for the Refugee Law Initiative blog at the School of Advanced Study University of London. The post addresses the issue of statelessness and its relevance to the Global Compact on Migration:
Statelessness need not have anything to do with crossing borders, but it is essential to consider in the context of the global compact for migration.
After providing a thorough overview of the issues facing stateless persons and how the international community should respond, she concludes:
When individuals have no formal citizenship and no route to a formal citizenship, and when access to human rights including the right to move are contingent on being a citizen somewhere, this is in effect a denial of this basic truth: that each of us must live somewhere and must satisfy our basic needs somewhere on earth.
Tendayi Bloom is a Lecturer in Politics and International Studies at The Open University in the UK and member of Academics Stand Against Poverty. Her work explores questions of noncitizenship, migration, statelessness and justice. Her work on statelessness can be found in a recent Discover Society blog series, and in a book, Understanding Statelessness, which she co-edited with Katherine Tonkiss and Phillip Cole. A more detailed treatment of Dr Bloom’s own position on the nature of the noncitizen-State relationship is developed in her forthcoming book, Noncitizenism: Recognising Noncitizen Capabilities in a World of Citizens.