4.2 Million Stateless People Could Miss Out on COVID-19 Vaccinations as They Lack Identity Papers and Are ‘Invisible’ to the Authorities | HUMAN WRONGS WATCH

There are at least 4.2 million people without a nationality, in 94 countries, according to UNHCR, whose mandate is to prevent and reduce statelessness, and to protect stateless people who are among the minorities hardest-hit by the new coronavirus.

UNHCR also warned that the suspension of birth registrations in a number of countries will likely increase statelessness globally.

“Countries where birth registration services were partially or fully suspended are now reporting lower birth registration rates as well as substantial backlogs,” the agency said, adding that birth registry campaigns for hard-to-reach populations at risk of statelessness “have also been suspended in many contexts”.

UN Millions of Stateless People Could Miss Out on COVID-19 Vaccinations as They Lack Identity Papers and Are ‘Invisible’ to the Authorities