This is my home, a new report by Coram Children’s Legal Centre, Unbound grant-holder, highlights the fate of hundreds of thousands of children and young people who, despite having been brought up in the UK, are trapped in precarious situations because they are unable to secure permanent status in the UK.
Highlighted in Channel 4 Dispatches programme ‘Brexit – How To Get a British Passport’, CCLC’s report explores the challenges on young people’s lives of living with uncertain immigration status and the impact on this group of children.
Approximately 120,000 children in the UK are undocumented, 65,000 of whom were born here. Without documentation, a young person cannot work, open a bank account or access sources of support such as housing, and is cut off from college and university. They are left vulnerable to poverty and at risk from exploitation.
Obstacles to children achieving permanent status which This is My Home highlights include lack of free and quality legal representation, unaffordable application fees with very limited fee waivers, and complex law and policy.