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Unaccompanied minors to the Nordic Region

In recent years a large numbers of unaccompanied minors asylum seekers have come to the Nordic countries. The numbers has increased year by year until 2016, and Sweden has received the largest amount of these young people.

The Nordic countries have faced a lot of practical challenges which for some are completely new. There is a need for more knowledge about how the reception and care of these children and young people differs between countries, similarities, and what the countries can learn from each other.

The Nordic Centre for Welfare started a project for unaccompanied minors in 2016. The needs and challenges can be different in each country but there can also exist areas of knowledge where the countries can benefit from each other's experiences. The project will initially start by examining which areas of knowledge that should be developed.

Examples of questions to be addressed are:


  • How does society meet the children's needs?
  • How is the reception and care arranged in the various Nordic countries?
  • What does their living situation look like? 
  • Do they have access to schools and health care?


The project will have a specific focus on and look for examples of how different regions have managed the reception and care of these unaccompanied minors. 

Publications in English

Greeting to the Nordic politicians and unaccompanied minors


Unaccompanied minors



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