Andi Ducka, 16, from Peje, near the southern Serbian border with Albania, arrived in North Shields, Tyne and Wear, last week.
The week-long train journey from Peje took him through Italy, Germany, Sweden and Norway before he stowed away on a ferry from Bergen to North Shields.
Andi said in a staement released through North Tyneside social services: 'I did not have any papers and about 20 German marks, and I didn't have any difficulty in crossing the borders of the various countries.'
Andi, an only child, said: 'I left home after the police told me my parents had been in an accident and had both been killed. They told me that I must join the army. I was frightened and I had no way to check what they had told me was true.'Reuse content