Statelessness

What does it mean to be stateless?

According to the 1954 Convention Relating to the Status of  Stateless Persons a “stateless person” means a person who is not considered as a national by any State under the operation of its law.

Can I apply for international protection in Kenya if I am stateless?

The Government of Kenya provides protection to stateless persons in its territory.

How to submit an application to be recognized as a stateless person?

Kenya does not yet have a Statelessnes Determination Procedure. However, a stateless person is defined as one who does not have an enforceable claim to the citizenship of any recognized state and has been living in Kenya for a continuous period since 12th December, 1963, shall be deemed to have been lawfully resident.

How to submit an application to be recognized as a citizen of Kenya?

In Kenya, stateless persons can apply for citizenship by registration as provided for in the Kenya Citizenship and Immigration Act, 2011.

Stateless persons who were in the county at independence and their descendants may apply for registration as citizens of Kenya if they fulfill a set criteria. A link to the application form will be posted here once available.


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