UNHCR Handbook on Protection of Stateless Persons

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UNHCR state: the content of this Handbook was first published in 2012 in the form of three UNHCR Guidelines: (1) on the Definition of a Stateless Person, (2) on Statelessness Determination Procedures and (3) on the Status of Stateless Persons. In replacing these Guidelines, the text of the Handbook replicates their content with only minimal changes, principally to address minor gaps identified since publication of the Guidelines and to update references to other UNHCR publications. The Handbook does not include guidance on prevention and reduction of statelessness; these are dealt with instead in separate Guidelines (Guidelines on Ensuring Every Child’s Right to Acquire a Nationality through Articles 1-4 of the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness and forthcoming Guidelines on loss and deprivation of nationality).

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