After Return

"Everything has been difficult since I have arrived in Afghanistan. The overall security, my own problem and enmity. It is mostly hard because I have lived these many years in the UK; I was used to that system. Here, I don’t want to get in and socialise too much. Even if I do, I always have my own tensions." (Zakir, former child asylum seeker who has been sent back to Afghanistan)  

2,018 young men who spent their formative teenage years in the UK care system have been sent back to Afghanistan over the past 9 years, often to very precarious and dangerous situations.

Since March 2014, Refugee Support Network has been systematically monitoring what happens to former child asylum seekers who have been forcibly removed to Afghanistan after turning 18.

After Return documents their experiences and, for the first time, fills a vital evidence gap in their education, employment, health and wellbeing outcomes.