Stateless Voices is a transatlantic journalism project focused on the little-known problem of statelessness in the United States and the European Union.

More than 10 million people worldwide are stateless – with no citizenship at all. Without protection from a government, the stateless are often denied basic rights such as political participation, freedom of movement, medical care or the right to work.

But while the United States and the European Union have been two of the loudest voices calling for the abolition of statelessness, they have allowed it to fester in their own backyard. More than 600.000 stateless people are living in the “Western” countries. That’s what this project is about: Highlighting the stories of stateless people people in the United States and Europe.

The solution to the problem is simple: The United States and European Union must “walk the walk” and incorporate statelessness into their domestic immigration regulations. They must find a way to give relief to the statelessness.

Learn the facts about transatlantic statelessness in our FAQ

We’ve launched this project in cooperation with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the European Network on Statelessness along with the generous sponsorship of the Fund for Investigative Journalism, the International Center for Journalists, the International Journalists’ Programs and Vocer Media Lab. We’ve coordinated the project to launch with UNHCR’s new campaign to eradicate statelessness worldwide.

About the journalists

Shaminder Dulai is a multimedia journalist and Director of Photography at Newsweek. His work spans three continents and has been featured in the Washington Post and Mother Jones magazine, among other outlets.

Moises Mendoza is a freelance journalist who previously was a reporter at the Houston Chronicle. He has written for publications ranging from the Los Angles Times to the Christian Science Monitor and GlobalPost.

Urs Spindler is a freelance journalist based in Hamburg, Germany. He works on breaking news and features for major German publications like taz, die Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and der Freitag. He also does work for the German public broadcaster NDR. With his communications agency, “Die Brueder” Spindler produces a variety of magazines and websites.

Arne Schulz works as a freelance journalist for the German public broadcaster NDR, where he also completed a traineeship. He focuses journalistically on social and economic issues. Schulz studied communication at universities in Münster, Germany and Kaunas, Lithuania.


Tom Rölecke – photographer and videographer
Torben Weiß – photographer
Philipp Gieseler – design and programming
Martin Kaumanns – graphic design

The project was kindly supported by:





Stateless Voices is a projekt by Moises Mendoza, Shaminder Dulai, Arne Schulz and Urs Spindler.

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Urs Spindler
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20535 Hamburg

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Design and Programming
Philipp Gieseler