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Children Without a StateA Global Human Rights Challenge$
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Jacqueline Bhabha

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780262015271

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262015271.001.0001

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From Citizen to Migrant: The Scope of Child Statelessness in the Twenty-First Century

From Citizen to Migrant: The Scope of Child Statelessness in the Twenty-First Century

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(p.1) 1 From Citizen to Migrant: The Scope of Child Statelessness in the Twenty-First Century
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Children Without a State
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Jacqueline Bhabha

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262015271.003.0001

This book explores the effects of the absence of legal identity and statelessness on children in different parts of the world, and discusses the relationship between birth registration and statelessness that affects the economic and social rights of the children. Lack of birth registration by illegal/irregular immigrants is discussed, along with the discrimination on the part of states in different countries providing basic rights for stateless children. Children’s dependency on the state for basic services makes statelessness an important child-rights issue, both politically and socially. Invisibility on the part of policymakers as a possible cause of child statelessness is discussed, as are legal identity and citizenship concepts that apply to children.

Keywords:   legal identity, statelessness, birth registration, illegal/irregular immigrants, child rights

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