Definition of Nansen passport in English:

Nansen passport


  • A document of identification issued to stateless people after the First World War.

    • ‘The main objective of a Nansen passport was to provide the right to stay in a country, but it gave no right to work.’
    • ‘Still, the Nansen passport was better than nothing at all.’
    • ‘The Nansen passport and his work for the hungry, the homeless and the victims of world events led to his receipt of the Nobel Peace Prize.’
    • ‘After World War I, Nansen became League of Nations high commissioner for refugees, in which capacity he originated the Nansen passport for refugees.’
    • ‘Among other things, he negotiated an exchange of 400,000 prisoners of war and created the Nansen passport for stateless refugees.’


Early 20th century: named after Fridtjof Nansen(see Nansen, Fridtjof.


Nansen passport

/ˈnansɛn ˌpɑːspɔːt/