BACKGROUND

It is estimated that 8 million unaccompanied refugee children, are currently on the move worldwide, the majority being boys, travelling alone without their families.

The experiences of persecution, violence and war in their home countries are followed by loss and separation, being exposed to exploitation, abuse and life-threatening journeys at the mercy of traffickers. Those who make it to a European country are faced with the complex challenges of their asylum claims and cultural integration – all without the help of their parents.

Despite the resilience and survival skills of these young people, many of them suffer from severe Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and all of them are in need of professional and community support in order to have a chance to integrate their traumatic experiences and rebuild their young lives.

According to Europol, an estimated 10,000 unaccompanied children have gone missing of the over 90,000 registered in Europe upon entry. It is thought that these children have fallen into the hands of criminal gangs, for sexual and labour exploitation as well as organ trading and many are at risk of being radicalised.

 

In October 2016 hundreds of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children stuck in the Calais Jungle (France’s unofficial refugee camp) were desperately waiting to be taken into safety to the UK under the Dubs amendment and Dublin 3 family reunion laws. We produced this campaign film for Safe Passage as a plea to the UK Government to uphold their legal duty to transfer these vulnerable children before the demolition of the camp. However the Home Office broke its promise. Over 200 of these unaccompanied minors are currently living on the streets in Calais, hungry, desolate and exposed to the dangers of people traffickers and police violence.
The Enthum Foundation strongly supports the Lord Dubs amendment and is part of Safe Passage’s National Campaign Group.

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