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“More needs to be done to help children seeking asylum” says University of Bedfordshire’s Dr Helen Connolly.
Speaking to students at the university, Dr Helen Connolly stressed that child migrants face “unique dangers such as abduction, forced inscription to the military and violence within war”
She also said that children seeking asylum will often suffer from poor mental health, not only from their “pre-migration experiences of warzones and humanitarian atrocities” but also from migration itself where children are at risk of being kidnapped by human traffickers and are forced to “witness a lot of death from boats capsizing”.