LONDON – Britain has stated that it abolishes the citizenship of Shamim Begum, a teenager who, four years ago, when she escaped to become the "fiance of ISIS," and attracted widespread public attention to his efforts to return home with his new baby. The government's decision came when the Islamic state, also known as ISIS, lost its last territory in Syria, and the countries of Europe are struggling to do with the citizens who went to fight on behalf of the terrorist group
The British Ministry of the Interior informed the seven Behum of his decision in a letter Tuesday and asked them to inform their daughter about the potential for her appeal.
a reporter from ITV News, who showed her a copy of the letter. – My family sounded like it would be much easier for me to return to the UK when I talked to them in Baguio. It's hard to swallow.
Begum lives in a refugee camp in Syria, where she gave birth to a boy last weekend. Her child also has potential claims to British citizenship.
Interior Minister Said Jawed said Wednesday in Parliament: "Children should not suffer, so if parents lose British citizenship, this does not affect the rights of their child."
For By British law, the Minister of the Interior can withdraw citizenship if it "promotes public good" and if it does not make stateless persons. More than 100 dual citizens were deprived of British citizenship in 2017.
Some immigration experts have suggested that, since Begum's parents from Bangladesh, she can claim to be a citizen there.
But Bangladesh said she was "not Bangladesh"
"She is a British citizen at birth and has never applied for dual citizenship from Bangladesh," said the Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam, adding:  Tasnime Akunjee, the lawyer representing the seven, said that Begum, who was born and raised in the eastern part of London to Bethany Green, "never had a Bangladeshi passport."
"The government is not going to win this," Akunji said in the Independent newspaper. "There is a case law that people in these circumstances are stateless, and we will win." At age 21, this is lost if they do not try to keep that citizenship.
He added that Begum's attorneys can still claim that she is now "virtually stateless" because she is in a combat area without documents or access to consular services.
In an interview with ITV, Begum claimed that she might be applying for citizenship in the Netherlands, where her husband came from
. The Ministry of the Interior will "re-review my case and have a little more sympathy for me and understanding, and give me the reason why they see me as a threat to the UK."
Last week, the Times of London journalist traced Begum to a refugee camp. She said she did not regret having traveled to Syria when she was 15 years old, but now she wants to return home and lead a calm life.
Begum said she was just a housewife in Syria and that there is no evidence
If she returns to Britain, she may be prosecuted for joining a terrorist organization.
Other European countries are struggling with similar questions about their citizens in Syria and Iraq.
Belgium, the government is struggling with the judge's decision to repatriate six Belgian children, along with their mothers, formerly sympathetic Islamic states, who traveled twice to Syria.
France is considering returning more than 100 former Islamic State fighters to face a court
The idea of depriving dual citizens convicted of terrorism of their French citizenship was one of President François Hollande's initial proposals following a terrorist campaign. But Hollande eventually was forced to abandon the plan, which would require the denaturalization clause to be added to the French constitution.
Many European countries are content to leave citizens who may sympathize with the Islamic State in Syria gambling, that their societies will be safer if radicalized citizens stay away from their borders. But Kurdish fighters who held many residents of the former caliphate are concerned that, with the release of the United States, they may need to transfer resources to other places, dismantle camps and allow residents to disperse.
Europe Allies, if they do not return their citizens, the United States will simply release them – and that as a result, Europe may face rising terrorist attacks.
James McLeigh in Paris and Michael Birnbaum in Brussels contributed to this report.