Court name: Supreme Court of Administrative Cassation
Date of decision:
Legal instruments: European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR)
Key aspects: Country of return, Deportation and removal, Determination/confirmation of nationality, Respect for private and family life, Stateless status and documentation, Statelessness determination
The applicant moved to Ukraine in 2005 from Transnistria, a disputed territory of Moldova, and lived in Ukraine for 14 years with his long-term partner and her children and grandchildren, before receiving a deportation order to Moldova. He disputed the deportation order on the basis of being stateless, having no connection to Moldova, and having a family and private life in Ukraine that are protected under article 8 ECHR. The first two instance courts rejected the applicant's claim, but the Supreme Court of Administrative Cassation ruled in favour of the applicant on the basis of new evidence from the Consulate of Moldova confirming he is not a national of Moldova.