by Frank M. Groves on Jun 14, 2018 Uncategorized
Worldwide, almost a third of all births aren't registered. Nationally, registration rates vary widely, from 3 percent in Somalia to 100 percent in Bhutan. In some cases, that's because birth certificates don't seem useful to parents. For someone who lives in a remote part of a country that doesn't provide any obvious citizenship benefits, there's not much of an incentive to bother with registering a child.
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.