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Under international law, a stateless person is a person who does not possess nationality of any state. Often, this occurs because a given group is denied citizenship, as in the case of the Rohingya in Myanmar or the Burkinabé in the Côte d’Ivoire. Other times, it occurs because of border disputes, war that disrupts documentation, or because citizenship is passed patrilineally in a given country and patrimony cannot be proved. Being stateless generally means an individual lacks the paperwork to legally travel, work, access health care, marry, or open a bank account. As of 2018, the UN recorded nearly 3 million stateless persons. (This number does not include stateless persons who have registered as refugees in another country, as more than 1 million Rohingya have in Bangladesh.) This map shows the geographic distribution of stateless persons. (from popstats.unhcr.org/en/overview)
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