Legal representatives representing young Albanian asylum seekers in the UK and elsewhere in Europe identified this topic as a major gap in country-of-origin information (COI) relating to young person and child-specific persecution and harm and a common barrier for quality decision making for young Albanian males claiming asylum in the UK. Albanian children regularly form one of the top five largest groups of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children in the UK, yet not one was granted asylum or humanitarian protection in 2018 despite Albania being the third-most prominent foreign country of origin for trafficked children identified in the UK in 2018.

The report covers nine key research areas relating to the trafficking of Albanian boys and young men and includes interviews with ten different individuals and organisations. In sharing our findings, Asylos and ARC Foundation hope to help fill the gap in the COI literature about the situation of Albanian boys and young men who are victims of trafficking and to contribute to a more transparent and informed debate about their situation.

This report was published in collaboration with the Asylum Research Centre (ARC) Foundation in May 2019.

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Albania: Trafficked Boys and Young Men
May 2019

PLEASE NOTE: UK Legal representatives using this report are advised to read it alongside this information and training document by Garden Court Chambers. The Garden Court paper analyses our reports' main findings and provides practical guidance to apply its findings to your case.

I can say from my personal knowledge that [this Asylos and ARC Foundation] report has been invaluable to lawyers preparing asylum cases for Albanian boys and men. It has shown that the risk factors for trafficking or re-trafficking in Country Guidance cases are not limited to girls and women, but are also applicable to boys and men. It has led to revision of the Home Office CPIN and to a greater recognition of the vulnerability of Albanian boys and men to trafficking, and the gaps in protection for them. It has therefore had a very direct, concrete impact on the outcomes of asylum cases. This has contributed to better legal representation for a very vulnerable group of asylum-seekers, many of whom would otherwise have been at risk of incorrect refusals and of being further exploited following refusal.”
David Neale, Legal Researcher, Garden Court Chambers
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The report is part of a series of strategic research reports that address most critical gaps in country-of-origin information. Its publication was made possible with the kind support of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

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