This qualitative study aims to describe and analyze the stories of child refugees from Ukraine. We compare their situations with those of child refugees from previous conflicts in Europe to better understand the experiences, attitudes, and needs of child refugees. A total of 43 narratives of children and young people between the ages of 7 and 20 were analyzed. Most of the stories were written by children younger than 11. This study shows a possible connection between forced migration and trauma, descriptions of which are reflected in some children’s texts. At the same time, the study emphasizes the importance of a school where conflicting emotions and experiences can be discussed. Child refugees need to be provided with necessary and culturally sensitive interventions to facilitate their transition into a new society and life role. © 2023 Masaryk University. All rights reserved.

DOI: 10.5817/SP2023-1-2
ISSN: 18037437