Young Refugees and Asylum Seekers: The Truth about Britain
There are many misconceptions about young refugees and asylum seekers in Britain. Declan Henry dispels these myths and gives a compassionate and empathetic view of the daily struggles they face including discrimination, racism and poverty.
This book explores the reasons why they came to the UK and the safeguarding issues involved, the services they receive and the gaps and inequalities in the system as a whole. The injustice of long Home Office delays in the processing of applications and appeal processes are outlined and, as it is becoming more difficult for many young people to get Leave to Remain, the impact on their lives in terms of accommodation, education and planning for the future are explored. The author also looks at the emotional and mental health needs of young people including those with undiagnosed learning needs and difficulties.
Ultimately, the book paints a graphic picture of what life is like in Britain for young people – cut off from their country of their origin and families – and how they are expected to make a new life in Britain with limited resources.
Declan Henry explains:
“I wrote the book to highlight the unfair treatment and sometimes lack of resources and services available to this group of young people. I also wanted to dispel the misconceptions that mainstream society often holds about them. I interviewed a wide range of young refugees and asylum seekers in the South East of England over a two-year period including teaching creative writing to a class of young asylum seekers at a London college.”
Peter Tatchell (Human rights and LGBT+ campaigner) says of the book:
“This is the true story of Britain's refugees: their humiliation, ill-treatment, demonisation and suffering - but also their courage, ingenuity, determination, setbacks and triumphs. It shows why the harsh, cruel reality of Britain's failed asylum system must be reformed. “