What can be done to end the plight of the world's stateless people?

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The UN says more than 10 million people do not have a country they legally belong to.

They are known as the stateless. People who have neither citizenship nor a nationality. Often it means they have no travel documents, find it difficult to get a job, and are denied access to medical care and other state services. Their plight is highlighted in a report by the United Nations.

The most widely covered case in recent months has been Myanmar's Rohingya community. They became officially the largest stateless minority in the world after Myanmar passed a law in 1982 that denied them citizenship.

Until August, there were about one million Rohingya in Myanmar, but more than half of them are now in Bangladesh after fleeing a military crackdown.

But why, in 2017, are so many people in this position? And what can be done about it?

Presenter: Martine Dennis

Guests:

Melanie Khanna - Chief of Statelessness Section at UNHCR
Amal de Chickera - The Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion
Wakar Uddin - Director-General , the Arakan Rohingya Union

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