“The Will to Survive”: The Lives of Young People with “No Papers” in the United Kingdom

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Deveci, Y. 2024. “The Will to Survive”: The Lives of Young People with “No Papers” in the United Kingdom. Social Sciences. 13 (1), p. 28. https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci13010028
AuthorsDeveci, Y.
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This article considers how undocumented youth in the UK survive and construct their everyday lives in precarious circumstances. Drawing on multiple in-depth narrative interviews with (n = 7) undocumented youth, I illustrate how these young people focus on the future and engage in purposeful activities as a way of enduring the everyday challenges of living with no papers. I reflect on the relationships, which young people draw on to enable them to endure adversity and rebuild their everyday lives. I conclude that the presence of love and community is critical for young people’s survival, safety and wellbeing, and I suggest how practitioners and researchers might make use of these findings.

JournalSocial Sciences
Journal citation13 (1), p. 28
ISSN2076-0760
Year2024
PublisherMultidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI)
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Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci13010028
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Accepted18 Dec 2023
Deposited04 Jan 2024
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