Even if in my village it made no difference, being recognized as a minor (person under 18 years old) in Europe implies to receive special protection since the rights and rules for children are different from those for adults according to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. I was not sure if I wanted to declare that I was under 18. But even if sometimes I was treated as a migrant by the police and other authorities, I understood that demonstrating that I was under 18 years old could be convenient for me to be more protected and to have access to the rights I was entitled to.


If you are under 18 years old, you are entitled to receive greater protection than adults in Europe.