Unaccompanied Child Refugees

An unaccompanied asylum seeking child for the purpose of immigration controlled work funding means:

A child is a person under the age of 18.

  • a child who is under 18 or claims on ‘reasonable grounds’ to be under 18; and
  • is making a claim for asylum in his or her own right; and
  • who is separated from both parents; and
  • is not being cared for by an adult who, by law or custom, has responsibility to do so

The UN Refugee Agency says that “Almost half of the world’s forcibly displaced people are children and many spend their entire childhood far from home. Whether they are refugees, internally displaced, asylum-seekers or stateless, children are at a greater risk of abuse, neglect, violence, exploitation, trafficking or forced military recruitment. They may also have witnessed or experienced violent acts and/or been separated from their families.”

What can you do to help keep Child Refugees safe?

The The Children’s Society campaign End Forced Destitution, ensuring that young people and families in the asylum system are not kept far below the poverty line. Contact your MP about improving the support for children seeking asylum.

This is not only a problem in Britain, other countries treat children the same. A very detailed article Denied a Future? Unaccompanied Minor Refugees in Berlin by Antje Büchner, Kimberley Garner

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