The International Observatory on Statelessness


 At the end of 2006, UNHCR reported that there were 501 stateless persons living in Austria. All 501 persons had Austrian residence permits and had the same opportunities as any other foreigner to obtain citizenship. In order for a foreigner to begin applying for citizenship in Austria, they must first prove a ten year residence and a secure grasp of the German language. Austria provides citizenship to stateless persons born in Austria who were stateless at birth.