Statelessness Displaced: Update on Syria’s Stateless Kurds

Statelessness Working Paper Series, No. 2

12 Pages Posted: 12 Dec 2019

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Thomas McGee

Peter McMullin Centre on Statelessness

Date Written: 2016

Abstract

This paper provides a case study update on the situation of stateless persons – specifically ajanib and maktumeen Kurds from Syria – and focuses on the forced displacement from their country of origin. It considers the protection regime in place for the many stateless Syrian Kurds now in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, as well as what more can be done to protect those seeking a durable solution in a third country. This includes a consideration of UN-facilitated resettlement schemes, such as the Vulnerable Persons Resettlement (VPR) programme to the UK, which presently excludes stateless Syrians at a time when increased numbers from the stateless community are risking travel to Europe by illegal means. Finally, the paper highlights some concerning policy assumptions affecting stateless persons within the present European refugee/asylum context.

Keywords: statelessness, Syria, Iraq, refugees, forced displacement

JEL Classification: J12, J15, J16, J18, K37

Suggested Citation

McGee, Thomas, Statelessness Displaced: Update on Syria’s Stateless Kurds (2016). Statelessness Working Paper Series, No. 2, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3491613

Thomas McGee (Contact Author)

Peter McMullin Centre on Statelessness ( email )

Melbourne Law School
University of Melbourne
Australia

HOME PAGE: http://https://law.unimelb.edu.au/students/grd/students/thomas-mcgee

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