You have the right to
- feel safe at home and outside
- continue your education, including going to school or college
- have your opinions heard
- get support with your basic needs, like having somewhere to live, food and clothing.
There are lots of different reasons why people leave the country where they were born or grew up in, including:
Who are refugees and asylum seekers?
Asylum seekers are people who come to the UK because they are unsafe in their home country.
Refugees are people who have had their asylum claims accepted by the UK government. They have the right to stay in the UK for up to 5 years. After that they can apply to stay in the UK indefinitely.
If you're a child refugee or asylum seeker applying for asylum in the UK can be a hard and scary process. But no matter what's happening we're here for you and can help you find ways to cope and feel better.
You have the right to
Applying for asylum can be a long process and it's normal to go to a lot of interviews and meetings.
You'll usually go to meetings with your family, or if you're applying on your own and you're under 18, you may be asked to go with your social worker or another responsible adult.
If you don't understand anything, remember it's always okay to ask questions. You can also ask for an interpretor to help you communicate at the meetings.
Organisations such as the British Red Cross provide support for young refugees.
And remember you can always get support from a Childline counsellor.
Applying for asylum can be tough, but there are things you can do to take care of yourself and feel better.
Use the Art Box to create a wish tree showing the things you wish for. Draw a picture of a tree, and write the things you want on the branches. You could also simply draw something you wish for and save it in your art box.
Difficult experiences can bring up all kinds of confusing feelings. These can be hard to deal with, and sometimes it can take a while to feel better.
You may be feeling affected by:
Being bullied or treated badly
Being bullied or made to feel bad because you come from a different country can be really hard. You might feel angry, confused or ashamed. You might also have arguements with your family and friends because of how you feel.
If someone bullies you because of where you're from, or because of your race or religion, it is always wrong. If this is happening to you, it's important to get help by talking to someone you trust or to Childline.
Our counsellors come from lots of different countries and they are here to support and listen to you.
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There are lots of ways to support someone who has come to the UK as an asylum seeker. It can help to imagine what it would be like coming to a new country, and how you'd like people to treat you.
Here are some things you can do:
listen - letting someone know you're there for them can help them to feel cared for
ask about their background - refugees coming to the UK can find it hard to fit in. Sharing stories about the differences between countries shows interest and will help you get to know each other
do things you both enjoy - this can help them take their mind off things. Things can feel unfamilar in a new country and it can help to show someone the different things they can do.