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What does this mean?

It’s your right to have a nationality and to belong to a country.

This is connected to your right to an identity.

EXAMPLE: Once you are a citizen of a country, all the rights in that country apply to you.

Learn more about this right

  • UNCRC, article 7 – it’s your right to have a name and this should be officially recognised by the government. You have the right to a nationality (to belong to a country)
  • UNCRC, article 8 – it’s your right to have an identity – an official record of who you are. No one should take this away from you.
  • Under the Irish Nationality and Citizenship Act 2004, it’s your right to be a citizen of Ireland if you were born in Ireland after 1 January 2005 and if either one or both of your parents are Irish citizens.
  • Under the Irish Constitution, it’s your right to apply for a passport if you are an Irish citizen. Freedom of movement is one of your fundamental rights.