Statelessness in the Asia-Pacific Region

The Asia-Pacific region hosts one of the largest number of the known stateless people in the world. Given its location in Australia, the Centre has made the region a priority for its research efforts. The Centre is supporting the development of regional research capacities in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and, together with the UNHCR, will co-host an ASEAN researcher workshop in the second half of 2019. Government, university and civil society representatives from the region formed the largest pool of participants in the Centre’s inaugural statelessness intensive course held in February 2019.  PhD researchers at the Centre are examining topics such as gender discrimination in Nepal’s nationality law and statelessness in the context of the Syrian refugee crisis.  Centre staff have also written about emerging issues, such as the potential for 4 million citizens in Assam to be rendered stateless.

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