When Bristol Refugee Right’s Young People’s Immigration Project (YPIP) met Mukhtar, he had recently arrived in the UK alone, after being separated from all of his family. The local authority refused to believe he was just 17 years old, leaving Mukhtar without a safe place to live or the support of social services.
Mukhtar’s age assessment was successfully challenged by YPIP, giving him access to the care and support he is entitled to. YPIP helped Mukhtar understand the complex asylum system, found him a solicitor and linked him with a mentor who has helped him settle into Bristol. The YPIP Wellbeing Group has supported and enabled Mukhtar to learn tools to manage his emotions.
Mukhtar did not know if any of his family were still alive. His YPIP Caseworker referred him to the Red Cross’ family tracing service. They helped him search for his lost family and amazingly, Mukhtar was reunited with his two brothers. They are all now living in Bristol and see each other regularly.
“It has been fantastic to see the transformation in Mukhtar. When we first met him he was very tense and extremely concerned about his brothers. Since they have been reunited and now that Mukhtar is supported and feels safe in Bristol, he has become a regular visitor to the Welcome Centre. He often greets me with a beaming smile.” – YPIP Caseworker
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