Invisible People: the Plight of the Stateless
Our freedom and rights as citizens of a country are invaluable. Belonging to a State not only gives us access to education, healthcare, legal protection, and freedom of movement, it also contributes a great deal to how we identify ourselves as individuals. Have you ever considered what it would be like if you didn’t belong anywhere? What if no country recognized you as their member? As much as 15 million people worldwide don’t need to wonder. In this episode we discuss what it is to be stateless and what the consequences are for these so-called “invisible people”.
We thought this topic would be especially interesting to dive into with Bevrijdingsdag, a Dutch celebration of liberation from World War II, coming up this week on May 5th. Statelessness is not as widely known as it should be, despite its widespread prevalence. Even Cat and I didn’t know as much about it as we do now, and the only thing we can say is that we are now more grateful for the little brownish red book we so casually throw in our backpacks when we pack for travel.
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