state·​less | \ ˈstāt-ləs \

Definition of stateless

1 : having no state
2 : lacking the status of a national a stateless refugee

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statelessness noun

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The only time the 1961 Convention rules comes into play is on the rare occasion when the child would otherwise be stateless; in that case, the airline’s country of origin will determine the passport. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "What Happens to Babies Born on Planes," 26 Oct. 2018 Large numbers were forced to surrender their remaining identification documents, making them de facto stateless, international investigations show. Niharika Mandhana, WSJ, "‘All Our Lives They Wanted to Ruin Us.’ For Decades, Myanmar Sought to Drive Out Rohingya," 23 Nov. 2018 Nearly all have been denied citizenship since 1982, effectively rendering them stateless. Julhas Alam, The Seattle Times, "Bangladesh official: Rohingya repatriation ready to begin," 14 Nov. 2018 Nearly all have been denied citizenship since 1982, effectively rendering them stateless. Fox News, "Amal Clooney: Pardon Reuters reporters jailed in Myanmar," 28 Sep. 2018 The Rohingya are omitted from a new list of recognized ethnic groups, rendering them stateless. James Hookway, WSJ, "Faulted by U.N. Over Rohingya, Suu Kyi Finds Herself Bound to Army," 28 Aug. 2018 About half of the 120,000 to 180,000 Roma in the country are estimated to be Italian citizens, while the rest are considered stateless and so cannot be expelled. Laignee Barron, Time, "An Italian Official Is Calling for a Census of the Roma Minority. Critics Warn It Reeks of Fascism," 20 June 2018 Unlike guest workers invited to the country, these often stateless people weren’t allowed to work, instead receiving basic benefits and in many cases not integrating into their new society. Bojan Pancevski, WSJ, "An Ice-Cream Truck Slaying, Party Drugs and Real-Estate Kings: Ethnic Clans Clash in Berlin’s Underworld," 15 Oct. 2018 Technically a stateless refugee who had fled violence and methamphetamine trafficking in nearby Myanmar, Sam-on was proficient in four languages, including English. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Rescued Thai Soccer Team Recounts the Ordeal in the Cave," 18 July 2018

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First Known Use of stateless

1858, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of stateless

: not belonging to a nation : not a citizen of any country

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