by Timothy R. McGee on Jun 14, 2018 Uncategorized
But it's not always easy to find the document. That situation is especially acute for displaced people. Birth certificates are important for family reunification. Children born in refugee camps face the prospect of becoming stateless if they can't prove their parentage, and thus where they can claim nationality. This is tricky for Syrians in Turkey, for instance, as Syrian citizenship passes down through the father, and details of the father aren't always known.
Whatever the future holds for birth certificates, it's clear that they'll continue to matter not just for administrative purposes, but for emotional reasons, too. As Schinderman puts it, "even though the birth certificate is just a piece of paper, it is my piece of paper."