The Circumstances and Needs of Separated Children Seeking Asylum in Ireland

The study reported here is the first systematic attempt to examine empirically the needs and characteristics of separated children seeking asylum (SCSA) in Ireland. Case files for a random sample of 100 separated children entering Ireland in 2003–2004 were scrutinised. The findings indicate that SCSA are not a homogeneous group; they face a multitude of different risks, and although some experience significantly poor outcomes, some SCSA actually thrive in their new environment and even excel upon settling in a new country. It was possible to distinguish distinct patterns of need reflecting different types of experience and difficulty, which in turn require different types of service response.

Source: Child Care in Practice, Volume 16, Issue 2, 2010

Author(s):Ali Abunimah and Sarah Blower
Publisher:Taylor & Francis Online
Publication Date:20 Apr 2010
Geographic Focus:Ireland
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