OUR WORLD NAME: DANIEL LIVES: UK DANIEL feels just as British as any of his friends. He arrived in the UK when he was just three years old – he went to school here, and doesn’t remember any other home.
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He knew he wasn’t a British citizen when he was told he couldn’t attend a school trip abroad because he didn’t have a passport.
Daniel, and around 120,000 other children based in the UK, have every right to register to become British citizens. Sadly though, the UK Government charges every single one of these children over £1,200 for the right to register, so a lot of people simply cannot afford it. If they can’t register by the time they turn 18, they might be refused access to healthcare, employment, education, social assistance and housing. Worse still, they face arrest, or even deportation to a country they don’t know.
Daniel said: “My mother saved what she could but sometimes that would mean not eating properly.”
Daniel is part of a group called The Project for the Registration of Children as British Citizens, who have been working with Amnesty International’s Children’s Human Rights Network. He has now managed to secure his own citizenship and campaigns to make sure that other children in the UK don’t end up in the same position as him, helping them to know their rights and how to access them.