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Leaving care: unaccompanied asylum seeking young Afghans facing return

Robinson, Kim and Williams, Lucy 2015, Leaving care: unaccompanied asylum seeking young Afghans facing return, Refuge, vol. 31, no. 2, Winter, pp. 85-94.

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Title Leaving care: unaccompanied asylum seeking young Afghans facing return
Author(s) Robinson, Kim
Williams, Lucy
Journal name Refuge
Volume number 31
Issue number 2
Season Winter
Start page 85
End page 94
Total pages 10
Publisher York University, Center for Refugee Studies
Place of publication Toronto, Ont.
Publication date 2015-12-02
ISSN 0229-5121
Summary Unaccompanied asylum-seeking children in the United Kingdom approach adulthood knowing that they will be encouraged or even forced to return to their countries of birth. Drawing on a project that promoted voluntary return to Afghanistan, we use interviews with twelve young people, professionals working in the Home Office and in education, local authorities, and voluntary-sector agencies to describe a complex area of immigration policy. We show how the state’s obligations as “corporate parent” clash with increasingly punitive migration controls and with growing political scrutiny of public spending. We propose education as a way to prepare young people for futures as global citizens in either country of settlement or of origin.
Language eng
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920499 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2015, Centre for Refugee Studies
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30082870

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Health and Social Development
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