Commonwealth Day was celebrated across the world on March 11th with calls for unity, friendship and partnership. Leaders from Children into Citizens, our youth-led campaign to break down the barriers to children becoming British citizens, had their own celebration in The Houses of Parliament.
Shortly after the Home Office announced that child citizenship fees would be frozen this year, over 40 children with heritage from Commonwealth countries from across our membership celebrated the diversity of the UK and highlighted the barriers that still stand for children like them to fully pursue their dreams of belonging, security and education.
An estimate of 40,000 children a year across the country are forced to pay £1,012 to be legally British despite most of them being born and brought up in the UK. Almost half of these children have roots in Commonwealth countries.