Statelessness in 2015[1]
Total population
3.687 million
Regions with significant populations
Asia and the Pacific 1.563 million
Africa 1.021 million
Europe 592,151
Middle East and North Africa 374,237
Americas 136,585

In International law a stateless person is someone who is "not considered as a national by any state under the operation of its law".[2] Some stateless persons are also refugees. However, not all refugees are stateless, and many persons who are stateless have never crossed an international border.[3]

  1. ^ UNHCR (19 May 2016). "UNHCR worldwide population overview". UNHCR. Retrieved 6 July 2016. 
  2. ^ "Convention relating to the Status of Stateless Persons, article 1(1)". 
  3. ^ Hovy, Bela (2011). Bhabha, Jacqueline, ed. Human Rights and Citizenship: The Need for Better Data and What to Do about It. Children Without a State: A Global Human Rights Challenge. Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States: MIT Press. p. 90. ISBN 9780262015271. Retrieved 11 August 2014. People who reside in their country of birth, have never crossed a border, but have never had their birth registered by the state—the effectively stateless, in Jacqueline Bhabha's terminology—also resemble refugees in their relative rightlessness. 

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