Symposium 1

Uncertain Journeys – Symposium 1

In partnership with Garden Court Chambers

A Credible Witness? Deconstructing the Narratives of Unaccompanied and Separated Children Seeking Asylum

Tuesday 26th November 2013, 3-7pm, Garden Court Chambers, 57-60 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London WC2A 3LJ

The aim of this symposium is to explore some of the difficulties facing separated children seeking asylum, particularly those from Afghanistan and Vietnam, in establishing a case that immigration authorities deem credible. The majority of separated young people from Vietnam and Afghanistan are boys. Some of the young people, especially from Vietnam, will be identified as being trafficked for exploitation, such as work in cannabis factories. Other separated young people may not be formally identified as victims of trafficking, but their journeys to and Europe are still characterised by exploitation and indebtedness. These factors are likely to have differential impacts on their ability to provide a coherent account of their lives and journeys, as well as their experiences of state services.

We have identified three interrelated themes as a focus for discussion:

  • Child trafficking
  • Debt bondage
  • Credibility 

Full details of the timetable for the symposium can be found here

A summary of this symposium can be found here