We are currently facing a new problem in western countries, i.e., how to preserve the cultural and personal identity of immigrants and at the same time guarantee security to our inhabitants and citizens. This is a huge field involving both a broad number of different cultures and situations, and the additional difficulties which are caused by terrorism. Although cultural values are essential, it is extremely important to avoid ambiguity. While worldwide birth registration provides children with civil rights, including health care, social services, and education, security also increases thanks to personal identification. Extreme poverty adds further risks. Education is one important aspect in preventing criminal acts and terrorism, because it is easier for criminal associations and terrorism to recruit people on the fringe of poverty and social isolation. In the currently existing melting pot, names lack constancy and reliability as a basis for identification.
The respect of children’s identity, under different viewpoints, is a huge problem which involves some aspects related to security both in industrialized countries and in underdeveloped areas. One of the most commonly used methods of identifying people is by their names. Everyone has a name, but the way of assigning names and registering them is different around the world and the use of family names varies among cultures.
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