MYLA, as an UNHCR implementing partner, has been providing legal aid and support to the persons with unsolved civil status and persons in risk of statelessness in Republic of North Macedonia ever since 2011.
Regulation of the status of persons not registered in the Register of births
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STATELESSNESS IN MACEDONIA
The Public Call of the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy and the Office for Management of Registers of Births, Marriages and Deaths, was closed on the 1st of November 2018. The Public Call resulted with identification of 700 persons who did not posses any personal documents.
See how much time has passed ever since:
During which time, “0” cases have been solved.
The statelessness, the lack of registered civil status and non-possession of personal documentation is a serious problem when it comes to enjoyment of the basic social and economic rights for many persons living in Macedonia.
Poverty, marginalization and discrimination are a “standard” part of life for most of them. Stateless children are mostly concerned, bearing in mind that the basic rights are a luxury possessed by most of the children, but not by them.
Learn more about the statelessness in Macedonia here
MYLA provides legal aid for stateless persons and persons exposed to the risk to become stateless, and mainly focuses on persons whose date of birth and personal name are not inscribed in the Ministry of Justice’s Office for Management of Registers of Births, Marriages and Deaths. MYLA is actively cooperating with the Department for foreigners and readmission and the Department for citizenship regarding all issues related to interpretation of the relevant provisions from the Law on Foreigners and Law on Citizenship.
The MYLA office in Shuto Orizari is open every working day from 08:30 – 16:30, and can be found at the following location.
MYLA is a part of the regional network WeBLAN since 2011.
The WeBLAN activities include helping in the procedures for civil registration and providing documentation in the region, cooperation on various cases and issues related to cross-border cooperation, exchange of information regarding the legal and administrative frameworks and procedures in the countries in the region regarding civil registration, joint lobbying and giving recommendations to the states of the region for prevention of statelessness and access to basic rights, sharing best practices and seeking solutions for recognized problems, promotion of WeBLAN before the relevant local, national, regional and international institutions.
MYLA is also a part of European Network on Statelessness Initiative, where the information on the state of statelessness throughout Europe are being updated annually:
Conducted project related to statelessness:
2011 – 2020 Prevention and Reduction of Statelessness in Macedonia (UNHCR)
2012 – 2013 Julia Taft Refugee Fund Project for Documenting Refugees (US Embassy)
2017 – 2019 Statelessness index update (ENS)