Today in History, July 5

Fridtjof Nansen InstituteA Russian version of the Nansen passport.

Ninety-one years ago today, on July 5, 1922, the League of Nations resolved to issue passports to stateless refugees — a move which affected thousands of Russian émigrés who had fled the country after the 1917 revolution. Named after the chairman of the original conference, Nansen passports allowed refugees to reside in member states until they were able to formally apply for a new citizenship