Regulating the status of persons not registered in the Register of Births

 

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.

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:

 

In February 2020, the Assembly has adopted the Law on Persons Not Registered in the Register of Births, which anticipates that these persons shall file request for inscription within 6 (six) months from the day the Law has been reached, i.e. until August 2020.

IMPORTANT

As per the Directive of the Government from 29th of May 2020, the deadline for filing the request for inscription in the separate birth register shall not be counted during the State of Emergency, and shall be continued for six months after the cessation of the State of Emergency.

In order for the Law to be functional, the authorized ministries shall reach the following bylaws:

MINISTRY OF JUSTICE

MINISTRY OF INTERIOR

MINISTRY OF LABOR AND SOCIAL POLICY

  • To prepare plans for access to the services arising from the Law (Not prepared yet)

MINISTRY OF HEALTH

  • To prepare plans for access to the services arising from the Law (Not prepared yet)

MINISTRY OF EDUCATION

  • To prepare plans for access to the services arising from the Law (Not prepared yet)

EMPLOYMENT AGENCY

  • To prepare plans for access to the services arising from the Law (Not prepared yet)

 

Learn more about the statelessness in Macedonia here