A new exhibition, Claiming a New Place on Earth, gives a voice to some of the young people who fled war, poverty and persecution and are now coming of age in the UK

What is it like to grow up in an Afghan village with no water or electricity, then to find yourself alone in London at 18, not speaking a word of English? How does it feel to have to wait for life to begin because you can’t get a driving licence, go to university or find a job until you get your papers?

Thousands of teenagers arrive in the UK every year seeking asylum, some with family members, many on their own. Many have missed out on an education and are scarred by war and having to flee their home countries. In the UK, they must navigate complex systems to get the support they need. Yet these are also young people with talent, pride, aspirations and dreams.

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