Malta joins global efforts to address statelessness

    Credit: Norwegian Refugee Council

    Malta has joined global efforts to end statelessness by 2024, a decision which was welcomed by the UN Refugee Agency in a statement on Friday.

    UNHCR said that Malta acceded to the 1954 Convention relating to the Status of Stateless Persons on 11 December 2019.

    A High-Level Segment on Statelessness was convened by the UN Refugee Agency on 7 October to mark the midpoint of a ten-year #IBelong campaign which was launched in 2014 seeking to eradicate statelessness by 2024.

    Malta’s accession followed the government’s announcement at the High-Level Segment on Statelessness, in which a total of 358 pledges were delivered by governments, civil society and international and regional organisations, among them 252 by States.

    Some 3.9 million stateless people appear in the reporting of 78 countries, however the UN Refugee Agency estimates the actual total to be significantly higher.