A six-month-old baby, who was born in the UK, has been deported out of the country because his Slovak mother decided that she didn’t want him.
The baby, who is known only as Benjamin, has now been handed over to the authorities at the airport of Slovakia’s capital Bratislava and was then taken to a nearby children’s home.
Baby Benjamin was born in Liverpool after his mother moved to England, but as his parents had just recently come to the country, he does not qualify for British citizenship.
1. British born six-month-old Benjamin (pictured) was flown to his mother’s native Slovakia, who decided, after settling in the UK, that she no longer wanted him.
2. Six-month-old Benjamin was flown to Slovakia by British social services and put in the care of authorities.
Since 2006, babies born to parents from the European Economic Area are only given British citizenship if at least one of the parents had lived in Britain for five years continuously before to the birth.
So Benjamin is a Slovak citizen and so he had to be handed over to the Slovak authorities and could not be adopted in the UK.
Before Benjamin was even born, his unidentified unmarried mother had told British social services that she would not be able to take care of him.
The baby was taken into care by the British social services who eventually contacted the Slovak authorities to arrange his transfer to the country.
3. Benjamin, cradled here by a Slovak social worker, was handed back to authorities in that country after his mother settled into a new life in the UK without him.
4. British social workers (right) say goodbye to Benjamin after handing him to a Slovak social worker at Bratislava Airport (left).
The baby was taken to a children’s home near the capital Bratislava and then to a surrogate family who will care for him until he is adopted.
Andrea Cisarova, of the Slovak Center for International Legal Protection of Children and Youth, said:
The British informed us that the baby is legally our responsibility. The baby is small but they decided to give it back to its homeland.
The Slovak social worker who met Benjamin at the airport added:
I hope that his life in his homeland will be good and he will be happy.
5. The six-month-old baby is pictured at Bratislava Airport with social service workers from Britain and Slovakia.
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