Afghanistan Post-Deportation


Dr Liza Schuster

Department of Sociology, City University London
Until May 19, 2014: Karte Se, Kabul, Afghanistan

Until May 2014 Dr Schuster will be in Afghanistan exploring the impact of deportation on those deported and their families. She has also been writing expert reports for solicitors representing those facing deportation.

Refugee Support Network

Refugee Support Network’s Youth on the Move project worked with young Afghans who had spent formative years in the UK as children in the care system, but who faced the possibility of enforced removal to Kabul after reaching 18. Youth on the Move helped ensure all legal routes to remaining in the UK were fully explored, provided practical and psychosocial support in the face of return and, through our Kabul-based Monitoring Officer, tracked well-being, education and employment outcomes for those ultimately sent back to Afghanistan, helping fill a critical evidence gap.

The overall, long-term goal of the Youth on the Move programme was that no former unaccompanied minor would be left alone and unsupported in the face of potential forced removal to Afghanistan, and that research tracking the outcomes for these young people would bring about a better informed and more compassionate approach to decision making about returns in the UK. This research was published as After Return in April 2016. 

Youth on the Move was aimed specifically at young people who were have been in care in the UK, are now aged between 18 and 24, and are being forcibly returned to Afghanistan. The programme closed in July 2016, but for questions about any ongoing available information, whether in the UK or in Afghanistan, please contact Emily Bowerman, Programmes Manager, at

Tabish Organization (Tabish Social Health Education Organization)
P.O. Box, Ministry of Information and Communication, Kabul Afghanistan 5661
Tel: +93 (0)7 97 33 44 99 or +93 75 21 41 519 or +93 70 02 57 340
Email: or

Tabish Organization provides psycho-social well-being through community-based services and project fieldwork. They encourage cultural dialogue and facilitate socio-cultural activities, through health education awareness, safe motherhood program, counselling for victims of GBV, support of children exposed to armed conflict, harm reduction & detoxification, raising awareness, informal education, vocational training, soft skill training for children and women, and reducing poverty to facilitate self-sufficiency which is an important step towards peace and reconciliation, focusing also on IDP camps, and the community affected by armed conflict.

They build the capacities of non-governmental organisations and governmental agencies to provide psycho-social care and mental health care services. They also develop concepts for organisations that wish to improve the sustainability of their programmes by introducing a psycho-social component to their projects.