Trees only move in the wind – A study of unaccompanied Afghan children in Europe

6. Conclusion and recommendations [see full report UNHCR AFGHAN CHILDREN JUNE 2010]

233. The interviews conducted in the preparation of this study indicate that unaccompanied Afghan children who make the long trip to Europe are deeply and negatively affected by their experience. As well as the hardships and abuses of the journey, after arrival they are confronted with the prospect of forced return to Afghanistan, coupled with continuing pressure from family members to send remittances home, so that the debts incurred to pay for the journey can be paid off.
234. As stated by a recent study of asylum seeking children in the Netherlands23, “their vulnerability … is increased by the problems they are likely to develop as a result of the lengthy, uncertain and deprived circumstances of their stay in the host country.” Continue reading “Trees only move in the wind – A study of unaccompanied Afghan children in Europe”