Southern Africa Trade Union Co-ordination Council

SATUCC/RLF/UNHCR Capacity Building & Awareness Raising Workshop on Statelessness
Thursday, May 26th, 2016

From 11-12 July 2016, the Southern Africa Trade Union Coordination Council (SATUCC), the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation in South Africa (RLF) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Regional Representation for Southern Africa (UNHCR ROSA), will hold a Regional Capacity Building & Awareness Raising Workshop on Statelessness in Southern Africa. Drawing participation from SATUCC affiliates, this workshop will take place in Johannesburg, South Africa.

It is reported that today, 10 million people throughout the world are affected by statelessness.  Estimates indicate that hundreds of thousands of individuals in the Southern African region are among those that no state “considers as a national under the operation of its law”.

In SADC region, various causes may lead to statelessness: societal modernization and transformation processes, understaffed and underfunded public administration, shortcomings in civil registration and documentation procedures, disintegration of traditional family bonds, discrimination on the basis of gender or other criteria, poverty, AIDS, and – last but not least – the multigenerational movement of migratory workers, who have often lost ties to their ancestors’ country of origin.