Refugee Support Network supports young people to access training and education in the UK. In 2013, RSN piloted a new project, ‘Youth on the Move’, which aims to improve support to separated young people facing return to Afghanistan. The project works with young Afghans who have spent formative years in the UK as children in the care system, but who face the possibility of enforced removal to Kabul after reaching 18.
It helps ensure all legal routes to remaining in the UK are fully explored, provides practical and psychosocial support in the face of return and monitors well-being, education and employment outcomes for those ultimately sent back to Afghanistan, helping fill a critical evidence gap.
Refugee Support Network reflections on Youth on the Move 2014 Catherine Gladwell and Emily Bowerman reflect on some key learning from this programme’s work with undocumented young people and those refused asylum who face the possibility of forced removal when they turn 18.