The Untold Dangers and Unfeasibility of a Global Registration of Stateless Persons: A Reply to Jay Milbrandt's ‘Stateless’
8 Pages Posted: 17 Mar 2013
Date Written: March 16, 2013
This article is a response to Jay Milbrandt’s call for the global registration of stateless persons. The argument for this registration is challenged for several reasons. First it is based on a theoretically weak definition of statelessness, namely de facto statelessness. Second pragmatic concerns with regard to how registration may not be possible within certain socio-political context are drawn out. Third, it is argued that the author fails to acknowledge the key dangers of global registration which can be clearly seen if historic and current examples of registering the stateless are considered. This article instead proposes that we continue with the current trend of trying to understand and challenge statelessness. This includes context specific research that is sensitive to the vulnerable position that the stateless are often found within.
Keywords: Statelessness, stateless, Jay Milbrandt, registration
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