Migrants walk to catch a bus to Serbia after leaving a registration center near Gevgelija on October 30, 2015. (AFP/NIKOLAY DOYCHINOV)
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A stateless child is born every 10 minutes, the United Nations said Tuesday, warning that the problem has intensified as the conflict in Syria has sparked a global migrant and refugee crisis.In Syria, children can acquire nationality only through their fathers, but the four-year civil war has forced more than four million people to flee the country and left 25 percent of refugee families fatherless.The report notes that in 30 countries national documentation is required to access basic medical treatment, while in 20 countries stateless children cannot even be vaccinated.The UN agency proposed several measures to eliminate the scourge of statelessness, including the reform of discriminatory laws that prevent mothers from passing on nationality to their children. Children should also automatically become nationals of the country where they are born, UNHCR further said.
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