Photographer Greg Constantine has spent the better part of a decade documenting the lives of stateless people all over the world. His photographs can be seen in a stunning photo book, “Nowhere People”, in which he examines the effects of statelessness on individuals and society. The project is far-reaching, exploring what it means to be stateless across Europe, Africa and Southeast Asia.
Statelessness is a serious issue, it limits the access that people have to jobs, healthcare, education, state services, and increases the risk of conflict, trafficking and exploitation. The UN estimates that 15 million people are not recognized as citizens of a country. In some countries, statelessness is systemic and entrenched across generations, in other cases its the result of an influx of refugees. As borders continue to close and war and economic desperation drives millions from their homeland seeking safety or a better way of life, “Nowhere People” is a worthy reminder of the effect that abstract government designations can have on individuals.