Stateless children of migrants in Lebanon

This project examines statelessness experienced by the children of undocumented migrant domestic workers in Lebanon.

Wall painting by children of migrant domestic workers in Beirut, Lebanon
Wall painting by children of migrant domestic workers in Beirut, Lebanon


Research will focus on migrant women from Ethiopia, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh and the Philippines.

The study aims to identify the barriers to such children securing legal recognition and status. The project will review laws in Lebanon as well as the migrants’ origin countries relating to nationality, marriage and birth registration.


Findings from the study will provide insights into potential pathways to securing nationality status for stateless children of migrants.

Precarious Migrant Motherhood in Lebanon

For more information please visit the Statelessness website.

Project details


Statelessness Hallmark Research Initiative seed funding awarded for interdisciplinary research projects on topics related to statelessness, citizenship and identity.

Research partners

The project is implemented in partnership with the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut and with Insan Association, an NGO that works with vulnerable children in Beirut.

Project team

Associate Professor Bina Fernandez (School of Social and Political Sciences)
Dr Karen Block (Melbourne School of Population and Global Health)
Yara Mourad and Aseel Jammal (Issam Fares Institute, American University of Beirut)
Roula Hamati (Insan Association)
Thomas McGee
Zahra Al-barazi
Deirdre Brennan


Associate Professor Bina Fernandez