A TEENAGE migrant boy has been found wandering along the central reservation of a motorway after becoming separated from his parents.
The 15-year-old, who said he was from Iraq, was spotted near Birmingham on the M6 when he was rescued by police on Wednesday night.
He was transferred to immigration officials and then into the care of social services.
Police said the boy, who speaks no English, became separated from his parents several days ago and does not know which country they are in.
Migration experts said the teenager faces a ‘long period of uncertainty’ regarding his immigration status and ability to stay in the UK.
‘To have lost one’s parents and be in a country you do not know is an experience no child should ever have to go through,’ said Lucy Leon, a migration policy worker at the Children’s Society charity. ‘He is likely to be traumatised, bewildered and overwhelmed.
‘The young boy will be put into the care system, given a social worker and placed with an emergency foster family. Unfortunately the care he is given may not have the specialist knowledge needed.’
She added it is ‘vital’ for him to be given an independent legal guardian to ‘represent his best interests and ensure he understands the complex immigration process’.
Ms Leon said it could be ‘very difficult finding the family’. However, if they had officially registered for asylum in another European country that would make it easier.
She added: ‘If his family were currently right now street-homeless or in a refugee camp somewhere it may not be the best environment to return that young person to.’