Meaning of Nansen passport in English:

Nansen passport

Pronunciation /ˈnansɛn ˌpɑːspɔːt/


  • 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.’
    • ‘Among other things, he negotiated an exchange of 400,000 prisoners of war and created the Nansen passport for stateless refugees.’
    • ‘After World War I, Nansen became League of Nations high commissioner for refugees, in which capacity he originated the Nansen passport for refugees.’
    • ‘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.’


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