16th March 2017

This course has been updated. The previous modules have now been replaced with a single module that covers the same topics. The module will take around 90 minutes to complete. If you were part-way through the previous modules, you will need to complete the new module. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. 

This module from UNHCR has two aims: first to raise awareness on statelessness, its causes and consequences, to explain UNHCR’s statelessness mandate, the relevant legal framework and other fundamental concepts. Secondly, it is to guide the you using practical examples and scenarios through the typical activities of a UNHCR staff member working on statelessness. 

Learning objectives:

Upon completing this course, you should be able to:

  define statelessness and the scale of the problem

  describe the causes and consequences of statelessness

  explain UNHCR’s mandate on statelessness and the relevant legal framework

  list and define methods and actions which can be taken to identify a statelessness situation

  name actions which can be taken to prevent and reduce statelessness

  describe activities to protect the rights of stateless persons until a durable solution is found.


This module is designed for non-health staff involved in operations design, implementation, monitoring, resource allocation or reporting.


The programme covers 6 topics:

1. Introduction to statelessness

2. Nationality and the causes of statelessness

3. Identifying populations that are stateless or at risk

4. Preventing statelessness

5. Reducing statelessness

6. Protecting stateless people