Against the backdrop of the concepts of vulnerability, liminality, agency, and resilience, this article presents findings from a participatory study with unaccompanied minors (UMs) who have been processed through the German reception system. Methodologically and epistemologically informed by both participatory research designs and postcolonial studies, the voices of eight UMs echo through this article, pushing these interlocutors beyond objectivation and victimization. As participants, not research objects, they played a vital role in this study’s knowledge production and provided categories and critiques to scrutinize Germany’s forced migration management. The study demonstrates the need for critical literature and research in refugee studies that empower the putative ‘Others’ to speak. It, thus, contributes to the growing field and literature of critical refugee studies with an innovative gaze seeking to define the limitations, challenges, and experiences of UMs in Germany’s reception system.