A London teenager who joined the Islamic State group in Syria was on Wednesday facing the prospect of being stateless after Britain revoked her citizenship and authorities in Bangladesh, where her family is from, said they would not take her in.
Begum was found in a detention camp in Syria last week, and her fate has sparked a dispute over the ramifications of leaving a 19-year-old mother with a jihadist fighter's child to fend for herself in a war zone.
The baby of the British teenager whose citizenship was stripped after she ran off to join ISIS in 2015 could still be allowed into the United Kingdom, despite his mother being barred, according to a report. Immigration lawyer Fahad Ansari of Duncan Lewis Solicitors, who successfully represented two British-Bangladeshi men in a citizenship case a year ago, said that "UK citizens of Bangladeshi heritage, like Begum, automatically have Bangladeshi citizenship on birth".
"Bangladesh asserts that Ms Shamima Begum is not a Bangladeshi citizen. There is no question of her being allowed to enter into Bangladesh".
However, Bangladesh's ministry of foreign affairs has said Ms Begum is not a Bangladeshi citizen and there was "no question" of her being allowed into the country.
"I have one citizenship... and if you take that away from me, I don't have anything".
She told ITV News: 'I don't know what to say. "I don't think they are allowed to do that", she told the BBC after learning of the move. Maybe I can ask for citizenship in Holland.
She urged the Home Office to "review my case again and have a bit more sympathy for me and understanding and give me a reason why they see me as a threat to the U.K".
Her husband, an ISIS fighter believed to be held by Kurdish forces in Syria, is Dutch.
Her family's lawyer, Tasnime Akunjee, said he was "considering all legal avenues to challenge" Britain's decision.
While responding, Begum who is seeking to return to Britain, called the British government move "hard to swallow", the CNN reported.
Renu Begum, sister of teenage British girl Shamima Begum, holds a photo of her sister as she makes an appeal for her to return home at Scotland Yard, in London, Britain February 22, 2015.
It is illegal under worldwide law to revoke someone's citizenship if it leaves them stateless.
He has previously said that more than 100 individuals had already been deprived of their British citizenship.
Crucially, they can only be issued to those with dual nationality because leaving a suspect stateless would breach worldwide law.
"In light of the circumstances of your daughter, the notice of the Home Secretary's decision has been served of file today (19th February), and the order removing her British citizenship has subsequently been made", read the letter, which said Begum has the right to appeal the decision. Both children are said to have died, apparently from illness and malnutrition.
The government will likely argue that Begum is already Bangladeshi through her parents - whether she knows it or not.
Lord Carlile, a former reviewer of terrorism legislation, said: 'The test will be of reasonableness and proportionality so she would have to establish that the Home Secretary acted in an entirely disproportionate way in removing her nationality'.