This qualitative study examines the transnational family support that unaccompanied youths receive, and the complementary support received from formal mentors in the new context. Participants were young people aged between 17 and 24 residing in the Barcelona Metropolitan Area or adjacent municipalities and mostly from Northwest African countries (mainly Morocco). Our findings from twenty semi-structured interviews with mentored and non-mentored youth in the Barcelona Metropolitan Area during 2019 shows how the formal support provided by institutional agents is insufficient to fulfil their emotional needs. In the young people’s statements, the mentors appear as a source of social support which can be identified in different forms, primarily: concrete support, advice support, emotional support and esteem support. We conclude that the virtual presence of family caregivers and the different kinds of support received by adult mentors encourages them in overcoming challenges regarding their well-being.
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