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Stateless Persons 2016

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Having a passport or even an officially recognised national identity is not a status that every person on this planet can take for granted.

The UNHCR’s populations of concern database lists 3.24 million stateless persons by their geographical distribution. These reveal some of the major geopolitical hotspots of statelessness in 2016 that are shown in this cartogram. Affected populations include the more than one million people in Myanmar’s Rakhine state are stateless on the basis of the current citizenship law, […] many of the migrants of Burkinabé descent [in Côte d’Ivoire] who were not eligible for Ivorian nationality after the country’s independence from France in 1960,” and in Europe the ‘Non Citizens’ of Latvia which are a legacy of the former USSR.


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Technical Notes

This map shows the global proportion of stateless persons in 2016.

This map uses data by UNHCR (last accessed March 2018). We aim to map as complete data as possible and therefore estimate data for missing values. In some cases, missing data for very small territories is not used in the cartogram and that area is therefore omitted in the map.

Further notes on the data, as well as all modifications to the original data source are noted in our data sheets.

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