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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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Children with a (Local) State: Identity Registration at Birth in English History since 1538

Children with a (Local) State: Identity Registration at Birth in English History since 1538

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Children Without a State
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Simon Szreter

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DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262015271.003.0014

This chapter discusses the origination of identity registration in England in the late fourteenth century, which was designed to prevent the possibility of statelessness. It highlights the reasons, including the government’s lack of assurance of social security to an individual along with incomplete birth registration documents, among others, which are responsible for statelessness, rather than only the financial difficulties that are responsible for identity registration concerns. The chapter states that identity registration systems can work in poor countries, providing the case example of England originating identity registration in the fourteenth century, only if political, economic, and administrative difficulties can be countered.

Keywords:   identity registration, social security, birth registration, statelessness, England

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