Blood, soil and paper: Thailand’s mission to reduce statelessness

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Last month’s epic rescue of the Wild Boars soccer team from a cave in northern Thailand gripped the world.

  • Janepicha Cheva-Isarakul
  • The Conversation

When it emerged that some of the boys are stateless, the news headlines changed in subtle ways from “Thai boys in the cave” to “boys in Thai cave”.

Mera 2bAmid the widespread joy over the successful operation, the rescue has drawn attention to the broader issue of statelessness in Thailand.

My research into the lives of stateless youth in Northern Thailand, like those trapped in the cave, shows that classic theories of state succession and…

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