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Aside from its mandate on refugees, UNHCR is also the agency mandated by the UN General Assembly to address statelessness.

A stateless person is someone who is not considered as a national by any State under the operation of its law. UNHCR estimates at least 10 million people worldwide are stateless. Statelessness may occur for a variety of reasons, including discrimination against particular ethnic or religious groups or on the basis of gender; the emergence of new States and transfers of territory between existing States (State succession); and conflict of nationality laws.

Whatever the cause, statelessness has serious consequences for people in almost every country and in all regions of the world. Stateless persons are often have limited access to a range of rights such as identity documents, employment, education and health services. Statelessness can lead to forced displacement just as forced displacement can lead to statelessness.

Because it is States that set the rules surrounding nationality, UNHCR works with governments, other UN agencies and civil society to address statelessness.

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Development of Human Resources For Rural Areas (DHRRA)

Address: No.1, Lorong 22/44A, Seksyen 22, 46300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia

Telephone: +6037874760

Provision of information and legal aid:

  • Acquisition of nationality.
  • Acquisition of documentation proving nationality.

Voice of the Children (VoC)

Address: 29C, Jalan 52/1, 46200, Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Telephone: +60379604776

Provision of information and legal aid:

  • Acquisition of nationality, including by naturalization.
  • Loss and deprivation of nationality.
  • Acquisition of documentation proving nationality.
  • Civil registration, including birth registration.
  • Application for protection status.