'I Don't Know What Tomorrow will Bring':

Understanding COVID-19’s Impact on the United States’ Stateless Population

  • Ashley Walters
  • Taryn Painter
  • Heidi Meyers
Keywords: COVID-19, pandemic, vulnerable communities, stateless, United States, mental health, physical health, legal status, documentation, economic


In March 2020, COVID-19 was declared by the World Health Organisation (‘WHO’) as a global pandemic. Since the WHO’s declaration, it has become increasingly clear that the most vulnerable communities have experienced the brunt of the pandemic. Though race, ethnicity and economic status are considered in a majority of reports on the social, physical and financial impacts of COVID-19, there is little to no information on the impact of COVID-19 on stateless communities within the United States (‘US’). This research endeavours to add to the understanding of statelessness in the US by determining the impacts of COVID-19 on stateless people in the US through a survey scoping project. Through anonymous questionnaires completed by stateless individuals (n=19) in the United States, this study explores how stateless individuals have been impacted by the pandemic, including experiencing economic hardships, mental health challenges, physical health concerns and issues with documentation and legal status.

How to Cite
Walters, A., Painter, T., & Meyers, H. (2023). ’I Don’t Know What Tomorrow will Bring’:. The Statelessness & Citizenship Review, 5(2), 186-201. https://doi.org/10.35715/SCR5002.114