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No way out, no way in: Migrant children fall through the net

An estimated 120,000 children living in the UK without legal immigration status are at risk of destitution, exploitation and social exclusion because of contradictory and frequently changing rules and regulations which jeopardise their access to healthcare, education, protection by the … Continue reading

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Child migrants, mental health and the immigration system

Discussing issues related to mental health disorders among irregular migrant children with a senior healthcare professional in Birmingham, we asked if the way the immigration system operates may be one of them. She explains:   “[…] Yes, without a doubt. … Continue reading

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The best Afghan rice in Birmingham

Javid is 17 years old. He arrived in Birmingham two years ago, since then he has been living with fellow Afghans. He applied for asylum but then disappeared when he was told that Afghan applicants were all deported back. He … Continue reading

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Anwar, a happy boy

Anwar is almost 18. He left Afghnistan at 14. The journey to Birmingham took 18 months. Eventually a lorry left him somewhere in Birmingham. In the jungle of Callais fellow Afghnans who had been deported back to Afghnistan from UKBA advised him … Continue reading

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Nigerian restaurant in Birmingham

After a morning spent at the British Red Cross, we went to Somaga, a Nigerian restaurant not far from New Street Rail Station for lunch. Apparently, ‘Somaga’ is the only Nigerian restaurant in town (this is what an interviewee told … Continue reading

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