Growing Up In A Hostile Environment

The rights of undocumented migrant children in the UK.

Drawing on the work of SOI grantee Coram Children’s Legal Centre through its Migrant Children’s Project advice line, outreach services and legal casework, this report examines the ways in which lack of immigration status is an obstacle to children and young people accessing their basic rights and entitlements and the difficulties this group face in obtaining essential legal advice and regularising their status.

There is a circular problem, where ‘unreturnable’ children and young people are left in precarious situations but the current asylum and immigration system does not sufficiently allow for them to resolve their immigration status.