At least 10 million people worldwide do not have citizenship in Ukraine, as of 2017, 35 thousand. This is stated in the report of the UN Agency for refugees.
According to the report, one third of the 10 million stateless children.
In 2001 the census of population in Ukraine 82 thousand people said that they do not have citizenship. Most of these people lived in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, Odessa, Donetsk and Dnipropetrovsk regions.
“It is estimated that of the UN Agency for refugees on June 2017, in Ukraine there are more than 35 000 people without citizenship or are at risk of statelessness” – said in the report.
The UN Agency notes that a large part of them belong to ethnic minorities, e.g. Roma.
Based on interviews with more than 120 persons, the authors of the report point out that for many minorities, the lack of citizenship is precisely their differences: their life stories, their views, their language and faith.
“At the same time, statelessness often exacerbates the isolation faced by minorities, and produces a profound impact on all aspects of their lives: the freedom of movement to development opportunities, access to services and the right to vote,” the report says.
July 26, 2017, President Petro Poroshenko signed a decree on the loss of citizenship ex-Governor of the Odessa region Mikhail Saakashvili.