Refugees under the age of majority

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Underage refugees in Europe are at great risk after reaching adulthood. I found, while browsing the net, that Oxfam for Human Rights indicated in a report it prepared that once young people reach the age of eighteen, they lose protection, especially unaccompanied ones, which makes them vulnerable to displacement, exploitation and abuse.

This organization had conducted a survey with unaccompanied refugees after they reached the age of majority in countries such as Greece, the Netherlands, Ireland and France. I have found that not all of these countries have any systematic plans that address the movement of these young people at some point.
Why don't these people receive enough support to go on with their lives? Why are such issues not being shown? How do we address this problem?

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  • British Council.jpg trusting_pear | Shohour High Public School | Lebanon
    04 May 2022

    I believe that those peoe aren't receiving enough support for the say that they are grown ups now like 18 years and they can move on, find a job and live a life. However, being 18 is the start of a new age stage where those teens must receive the highest amount of care, protection and guidance for their life. Being 18 is the peak of recklessness, so they must be moderated and not left alone or they would end up ruining their lives with drugs, or any other dreadful situations.

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    1. British Council.jpg willing_imagination | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
      trusting_pear's comment 05 May 2022

      Yes, what you said is true, and I agree with you. This age stage is one of the most dangerous stages of life, and the formation of personality, thoughts and opinions are determined. If you do not find someone to direct them to the right path, it will end in an unfortunate way. It may be subject to the mafia gangs and drug dealers, or it may become addicted, as I said, so it is very important to take care of these children in proportion to their lifestyle in this age, and this can only be achieved with the presence of parents.

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  • British Council.jpg persuasive_flute | Dr. Nazih El Bizri High School | Lebanon
    05 May 2022

    It's an unfortunate fact that governmental and corporeal investment floods towards earliest and middle phases of living. To be clearer regarding this point, when discovering the pathways of richer and more capable investors, you discover that they no longer view human beings as what they are - humans - but rather, means for investment, means for grander money making. They provide whatever needs a child refugee could have for the purposes of getting their guardians to purchase, consume, absorb, stay. They try or make a show of catering to the needs of adult refugees to get them to abide by their systemic routines that ultimately serve them. But to them, adolescents, and especially those that are refugees, would merit to little materialistic value. It's a stage where they slowly begin to slip free of parental bounds and are capable of producing very little. It is a stage of receiving far more than giving, and that is why they are not being offered the aid they require. They are not even being seen or acknowledged to begin with since material matters and humanity have become intermingled, greed resumes to hereby obliterate lives. It is an issue that requires instant fixing through at least acknowledging that adolescents and young adults are the most vulnerable class of people and need copious resources. They need to - at the very least - be granted a voice.

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  • British Council.jpg amazing_reflection | Shohour High Public School | Lebanon
    07 May 2022

    To look at this from another view. A study estimated that just 59 million people out of 84 refugees have been aid from 18,000 people around the world, this is the link:
    So 25 million refugees have been left behind without any aid that don't just contain the people of age of majority but also children and old people who are unable to work. So what do you think about this?

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    1. British Council.jpg rational_grape | Makini Academy | Kenya
      amazing_reflection's comment 15 May 2022

      I disagree with you in saying that children are unable to work. My comment is a link to a news story on which I will give a link on. According to research, exploitation of the most vulnerable troops are the refugees. There are 5 million refugees on the run going to Syria but 1 million of the refugees are children. The children are subjected to child labor and given 50 cents an hour. This is in a textile factory in Istanbul where workers toil over sewing machines but most of the people there are children who are being beaten or pinched when they do something wrong. The children working there are 11 years but don't even know a single thing such as ABCD because they get little time to read and their money can sometimes get over in the process of learning and that's where a man started free learning for the refugees. A Turkish adult earns an average of $450 a month while a child who works for 12 hours earns an average of $160 a month.



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    2. British Council.jpg willing_imagination | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
      amazing_reflection's comment 16 May 2022

      I disagree with you on this matter. A UN report showed that the percentage of working refugee children outside the camps increased from 1.8% in 2016 to 3.3% in 2021, which is equivalent to double.

      According to the report done by the High Commissioner of the United Nations for Refugees (UNHCR) in cooperation with the World Bank, on the assessment of the fragility of the refugees, the results announced that 3.3% of refugee children engaged in one way or another at work, while 59% of working children are employed in hazardous work environments. you can link more than recognition

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