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.

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