Musa’s story: A guardian would change everything

Musa was a young unaccompanied asylum seeker that came to the UK from Albania. He experienced many difficulties along the way but was eventually successful in claiming asylum. He is now in his third year of studying Law at Birmingham University.

Musa is conscious that many don’t make it through this process like he did. This is why he has chosen to champion our Distress Signals campaign, calling for all unaccompanied and separated children to have a guardian.

Here, Musa shares his story.

Musa speaks in parliament

Musa presenting in parliament

Surviving

I have been able to get through the asylum process and I managed to survive. But, I know that not all young people make it through.

I have known of young people that have committed suicide because of the pressure, and more importantly the fear of being deported back to their country.

Speaking out

In November 2018, I was asked by my project manager if I wanted to attend a Parliamentary event and speak about my experiences of the asylum system.

I talked about the physical and mental difficulties that children and young people go through whilst trying to claim asylum, the difficulties in finding a Law Firm that will fight for their rights, and how important it is to have a good solicitor that will listen to them. I also talked about how young people feel when the Home office doesn't believe them and give them the notice of deportation. I concluded by saying that all of those that are seeking asylum are waiting for the opportunity to show their skills, values and the abilities and be able to pursue their own dreams.

I enjoyed speaking in Parliament because I was raising my voice in front of more than 200 people including officials, MPs and media. This made me understand that I have the voice and the resilience to make a difference and help those people to reach the opportunities they deserve.

One day I want to be a MP, and I feel that I am going to be a good one. The kind one that that will do everything in his powers for his people.

Gathering research

Since speaking in Parliament, I have been part of the Youth Lead Commission on Separated Children. As a group, we travelled to Scotland, where young people have a legal guardian to help them through the asylum process, to research the scheme and make a film.

We were able to speak to young people, the guardians that support them and a solicitor who made things much clearer for us.

We all need guardians to support us with our mental health by helping us understand what is going on and supporting us when we have questions

Our film is to show to everyone that there are thousands of unaccompanied and separated children in the UK that come here without their parents and have no-one to protect their rights and provide legal support.

A helping hand

I’m championing this campaign so that other children and young people don't have to go through everything I went through.

There are still a lot of people that are experiencing difficulties with the asylum process. Someone needs to put a stop to this.