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Email supports Calais child refugee accused of being 22-year-old student

  • Video report by ITV News Reporter Nazanine Moshiri

A child refugee has told ITV News he felt "heartbroken" to be accused of lying about his age as new evidence debunked a site that claimed to prove he was in his final year at university.

Haris Stanikzai was among the first child refugees to be admitted entry into the UK from the Calais Jungle last month.

Doubts over his age were raised with online profiles listing his age as 22.

A LinkedIn page appeared to show Haris in the third year of Jahan University in the Afghan capital Kabul.

Haris Stanikzai now lives with his family in south London.

But the listing was debunked by an email ITV News has received from the university's chancellor denying Haris had attended the university.

Haris, who now lives with his family in south London, said the confusion was caused by him sharing his mobile with his older brother.

"I finally have a chance to build a peaceful life close to my family together. But once again there are problems," Haris said.

The Home Office registered his birthday as January 1999, which makes him 17 years old.

The department is still trying to assess the age of many refugees who are being held in reception centres across France.