Unaccompanied Young Asylum-Seekers Stuck in Transit in Indonesia: Intimate Relationships and Resilience

  • Antje Missbach
  • Danau Tanu


While in transit, unaccompanied minors and young asylum-seekers form friendships and intimate relationships with Indonesian boys and girls as well as adults. Barred from legal options for employment and with limited options for education, some unaccompanied minors develop intimate relationships with older Indonesian women in order to “make a living.” This chapter explores the nature of these uneven relationships between young asylum-seekers and (older) Indonesians, by asking whether they are purely purpose-driven and exploitative or whether they also receive some form of altruistic indicators of friendship. Moreover, this chapter also provides empirical insights on the role of youth, romance, and everyday life aspects when it comes to choosing friends during transit in Indonesia.


Intimate Relationship Child Exploitation Local Woman Immigration Detention Unaccompanied Child 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Antje Missbach
    • 1
  • Danau Tanu
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyMonash UniversityMelbourneAustralia
  2. 2.School of Social SciencesUniversity of Western AustraliaPerthAustralia

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