The 18 Project
In Europe, age 18 marks a significant milestone where childhood ends, and adulthood begins—a moment eagerly anticipated, symbolising newfound autonomy. It's a time when young individuals can exercise their right to vote, drive a car, and consume alcohol. It's a celebration of independence and the start of a new chapter.
However, for thousands of unaccompanied migrant children in Europe, this landmark birthday is a source of fear and uncertainty. In stark contrast to their peers, turning 18 signifies the loss of rights and protection they enjoyed as children. At the stroke of midnight, the obligation of European States to safeguard their civil and human rights vanishes.
Recognising the profound impact of this transition, Lost in Europe has launched The 18 Project. Our initiative aims to collect and share the stories and memories of migrant children as they approach or pass the age of 18. Dedicated volunteers and professionals working closely with these children will share these personal accounts, offering a glimpse into their daily lives and experiences in the Netherlands.
Through The 18 Project, you can follow the lives of these minors as they navigate the complex path to adulthood. Gain a deeper understanding of their challenges, hopes, and dreams. Discover the resilience and determination they embody as they strive to build a future for themselves. Finally, immerse yourself in the stories of those who have already turned 18, offering valuable insights into their unique journeys.