Unaccompanied children who come to Ireland to seek asylum are being removed from their foster families and placed in direct provision when they turn 18, a new report has said.
These unaccompanied minors often face a “complete lack of support” as soon as they reach adulthood, according to this report.
The research, which was conducted by Oxfam and the Greek Council for Refugees, analysed what happens when unaccompanied minors living in five European countries turn 18.
In 2019, there were 4,781 applicants for international protection in Ireland; 50 were unaccompanied minors.
In July 2020, there were 59 separated children in the care of Tusla.
“Before the age of 18, unaccompanied minors with positive asylum applications and those whose claims have not been finalised are treated the same,” the report reads. “When they ‘age out’ of the system, the differences become apparent.”
When a separated child arrives in Ireland, they are