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Children Without a State: A Global Human Rights Challenge

Jacqueline Bhabha


Children are among the most vulnerable citizens of the world, with a special need for the protections, rights, and services offered by states, and yet, they are particularly at risk from statelessness. Thirty-six percent of all births in the world are not registered, leaving more than 48 million children under the age of five with no legal identity and no formal claim on any state. Millions of other children are born stateless or become undocumented as a result of migration. This book examines how statelessness affects children throughout the world, looking at this largely unexplored problem f ... More

Keywords: unregistered births, legal identity, legal statelessness, de facto statelessness, effective statelessness, detention, deportation, social marginalization, education, health care

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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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Jacqueline Bhabha, editor

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I Legal Statelessness

II De Facto Statelessness

III Effective Statelessness