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Equal Citizens: Campaign for the Right to Citizenship

In Greece, there are up to 200.000 children and young adults born to immigrant parents. These youngsters are not recognized officially by the State, since they are not granted the Greek citizenship, which leads to their social exclusion and stigmatization as “others”

 

Imagine if you were born and / or raised in a country that refused to recognize you as a citizen.

Imagine if you could not issue an ID card in the country you were born and / or raised.

Imagine if you needed a residence permit in order to reside legally in the country you were born and / or raised.

Imagine if you didn’t have the right to vote in the country you were born and / or raised.

Imagine if you didn’t have full access to the labor market of the country you were born and / or raised.

 

WE STAND UP for our right to be all Equal Citizens of the country we were born and/or raised.

SIGN the petition to challenge Europe and the Greek Government for access on citizenship to all children born and/or raised in Greece.

Watch our campaign video at :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Wcb0_M00bk

In most EU countries, legal recognition (citizenship acquisition) is given, yet in Greece, this matter is still a taboo subject. At the moment there are up to 200.000 children and young adults born to immigrant parents. The State is denying access to citizenship to these children of migrant background, depriving them of their basic rights and instantly making people born and raised on Greek soil foreigners by default.

Some of the greatest problems we face, as youth of migrant background in Greece are racism and all sorts of discrimination that are directly related to our precarious legal status.

However, the greatest problem we face is visibility, or rather, the lack of it. In other words, children of migrant background are invisible both to the State and to society. At the moment, there is no legislation on citizenship acquisition for the children of migrant origin, except by naturalization. Act 3838/2010 that was adopted by the Greek Parliament in 2010 was considered anti-constitutional, and in 2013, the State Council overturned the articles that provided a path to citizenship acquisition. Moreover, the majority of Greek society is not only unaware of the problems we face, but more importantly, that we even exist. In other words, we are seen not as Greek youth with a migrant background but as foreigners who do not belong to Greek society as a whole.

What we are fighting for is our right to be recognized as Greek citizens.  

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