The daily lives of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children are wrought with challenges and uncertainty. As they wait months, sometimes even years, for their asylum status to be determined, they are expected to adapt to a new culture, learn English, build new relationships, and overcome past experiences. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, these children are now facing further obstacles. This briefing document, prepared by Roxanne Nanton with support of Professor Giorgia Donà, presents the impact of Covid-19 on the lives of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children in the UK. It will also identify the responses to Covid-19 from the government and charity sector, as well as recommendations for the transition to the post Covid-19 phase.


To cite the briefing:

Nanton, Roxanne (May 2020) Covid-19 & Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking Children in the UK, London: Social Scientists Against the Hostile Environment.

Roxanne Nanton works at the Refugee Council Children’s Section and holds an MA in Refugee Studies from the University of East London. This MA is a postgraduate programme affiliated with the Centre for Migration, Refugees and Belonging at the University of East London.