Many moons ago, in a faraway world, there lived a creature named Bonono, a giant eel larger than a coconut tree that would roam the ocean, hunting sharks and swallowing fishermen who had the misfortune to cross his path.
One of the main concerns expressed by the parents of the roughly 1,400 migrant children under IOM care across Indonesia is that they are missing out on their education because generally they are not allowed to attend mainstream national schools.
The international community is faced with a tragic and challenging situation. Raging conflicts, natural disasters, environmental degradation, and blatantly unequal sharing of resources have put tens of millions of people on the move.
Human trafficking is a complex phenomenon that ensnares numerous countries, and it is fast-evolving as traffickers are increasingly taking to the Internet to lure victims.
Although the greatest numbers of stateless persons are not necessarily within the migrant population, particularly in Europe, with 244 million people migrating today – and that number even expected to increase in the future - it is certainly worth exploring further the nexus between migration and statelessness.