A teenage refugee took his own life because he feared he would be deported back to Afghanistan.
The 19-year-old took his own life in Birmingham, where he arrived unaccompanied six years ago after fleeing the country.
The teenager has not been named as family members in Afghanistan fear that doing so could put them at risk, the Guardian has reported.
He claimed asylum and was granted temporary leave to remain in the UK until the age of 18 but then was at risk of deportation and had to make another asylum application to the Home Office.
An inquest has heard that the boy was worried about whether he would be able to stay in the UK as the Home Office has sent thousands of asylum seekers back to Afghanistan, including those who arrived as unaccompanied children once they turned 18.
His personal adviser, Stacy Clifford, who was supporting him in his transition from childhood to adulthood and independent living, told the inquest: “He was a bit upset because he hadn’t heard from his solicitor about his immigration case.”
The inquest also heard that he was a likely victim of modern slavery after he was found to be working in a pizza shop without payment.
His body was found in the garden of his Birmingham accommodation on April 21 this year. It is thought he had taken his own life the day before.
Senior coroner for Birmingham and Solihull, Louise Hunt, concluded that the boy’s death as suicide.
It is not the first time an unaccompanied refugee has taken their own life after time spent in the UK.
Mulubrhane Medhane Kfleyosus, 19, took his own life in February 2019. Three others from the same friendship group of Eritrean refugees had previously taken their own lives.
Osman Ahmed Nur, 19, was found dead in May 2018 in a communal area of a young people’s hostel in Camden. Filmon Yemane, 18, took his own life in November 2017 and Alexander Tekle, 18, took his own life just two weeks later, a year after arriving in the UK hidden in the back of a lorry.
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Benny Hunter, of the Da’aro Youth Project, which supports young asylum seekers and refugees told the Guardian the boy’s death is a “tragedy” and an “indictment of this government’s approach to the care of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children.”
He added: “The Home Office must be held accountable for the damage their hostile policies are causing vulnerable people.”
The Home Office said their thoughts were with the family of the teenager.