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Stateless and undocumented persons require special protection, equal rights, and freedoms, as well as to, of course, to be able to exercise those rights. Now, this finally became possible with the recently introduced Stateless Determination Procedure (SDP) in Ukraine.

That’s why our colleagues, in cooperation with the State Migration Service of Ukraine, continue to hold thematic discussions on the implementation of this procedure in Ukraine. Today’s round table took place in Sloviansk. In a mixed offline-online format participants exchanged their experiences in submitting / accepting applications for recognition as a stateless person and talked about possible ways of cooperation in this area.

The event was joined by our colleagues Sofiia Kordonets, Kseniia Karahiaur, Nataliia Tolbatova and Nataliia Ishchenko, as well as by the representatives of the bodies and departments of the State Migration Service of Ukraine (SMSU) in the Donetsk region.

In particular, the participants discussed the most complex cases of undocumented persons and the ways to solve them, peculiarities of accompanying undocumented minors, as well as outlined the ways on informing such persons of the new possibility to receive legal status. Such a format contributes to the establishment of effective dialogue and the development of working relations.

This round table is the second one held by the R2P jointly with the representatives of the SMSU. The previous event took place in Kharkiv with the representatives of the regional units. And tomorrow in Severodonetsk colleagues will meet with representatives of bodies and divisions of the SMSU in the Luhansk region.

CF “Right to Protection” (R2P) sincerely thanks all participants for a wonderful discussion and active participation! We hope that such events will not only take place more often but will also bring fruitful results and will finally give the undocumented and stateless persons a chance to become legally recognized!

Since April 2021, the Stateless Determination Procedure is available to everyone in Ukraine, now stateless persons can apply to the State Migration Service for recognition. So far, being accompanied by the lawyers and attorneys of the team of the CF “Right to Protection” Project “Legal Assistance to Stateless Persons in Ukraine”, 59 persons were able to submit their applications for recognition as stateless persons.


Project “Legal assistance to stateless persons in Ukraine” is implemented by the CF “Right to Protection” (R2P) with the support of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)