Citizenship in Times of Turmoil?
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Citizenship in Times of Turmoil?

Theory, Practice and Policy

Edited by Devyani Prabhat

This innovative book considers the evolution of the contemporary issues surrounding British citizenship, integrating the social aspects and ideas of identity and belonging alongside the legal elements. With contributions from renowned lawyers and academics, it challenges the view that there are immutable values and enduring rights associated with citizenship status.
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Chapter 4: Childrens rights to British citizenship

Solange Valdez-Symonds

Abstract

Children are a vulnerable category of people particularly affected by nationality laws. This chapter will demonstrate that despite there being special provisions in law for children to acquire British citizenship through registration, they are still routinely excluded from doing so. A large number of children and young people living in the UK, who despite being entitled to British citizenship or having strong claims to being registered as British at the discretion of the Home Secretary do not have that citizenship. The barriers include high fees, lack of legal aid, and good character requirements.

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