I am a citizen of a 'shithole' country and living in an EU country doing my Ph.D.

I am fed up with my country, and so I want to leave my citizenship and passport.

Can I continue to live and freely travel in the EU after leaving my citizenship and passport?

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    Does this answer your question? Can stateless individuals in the European Union legally reside and work there? Commented Mar 7, 2023 at 21:04
  • The more relevant question would be whether your country allows you to renounce your citizenship without having another one.
    – littleadv
    Commented Mar 8, 2023 at 7:37
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    I don't think you can become voluntarily stateless.
    – gerrit
    Commented Mar 8, 2023 at 8:18
  • @gerrit as a general matter, that is incorrect. Several countries do not allow it, but we don't know whether OP's country is one of them.
    – phoog
    Commented Mar 8, 2023 at 22:59
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    As an alternative to voluntarily becoming stateless (with all the difficulties that will bring), why not aim to gain EU citizenship before renouncing your birth nationality?
    – Traveller
    Commented Mar 10, 2023 at 12:39

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You will have problems without a passport. And even in rare situations where being stateless would be of advantage, that doesn’t apply if you made yourself stateless.

Additionally, you won’t be stateless unless your country allows it.

Don’t do it.

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