A good number of research has been carried out on how COVID-19 has affected the State in terms of population, economy and health services of different countries. However, a group that is often excluded from these statistics is the “stateless person”. This article critically examines the presence of stateless persons in states and the different categories of these that exist. These stateless persons are made up of refugees and migrants and people that have come from very poor conditions of living. In both developed and developing countries, these persons are the most vulnerable and exposed to the pandemic. This article expounds on how stateless persons are most likely to suffer the consequences of a global pandemic more, and how this has a ripple effect on the citizens of the states. Being highly contagious, the spread of the virus amongst migrant and refugee communities could not be properly controlled. This is coupled with the fact that such persons have a shorter life expectancy. Saddled with the responsibility of making daily income, stateless persons are exposed to overcrowded environments where it is difficult to achieve social distancing. For them, it is a decision of dying by the fastest disease, poverty or COVID 19. This article analyses how the pandemic affects stateless persons and how these stateless persons increase the spread of the virus amongst the state citizens.

This article adopts the use of analytical research methods to explore the research topic.