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Unaccompanied minors

 Unaccompanied refugee minors in Finland – Challenges and good practices in a Nordic context - Björklund
This research shows that all Nordic countries have fairly well functioning reception systems based on the principle of the best interest of the child, but there are problems: fragmented organizational structures with insufficient cooperation between different administrative sectors and problems with placing unaccompanied children in municipalities which often are unwilling to receive them. 

 The mediational role of schools in supporting psychosocial transitions among unaccompanied young refugees upon resettlement in Norway - Pastoor
This article explores the role of schools in supporting unaccompanied young refugees in critical psychosocial transitions concerning processes of socialisation, integration and rehabilitation upon resettlement. Drawing from a qualitative research project based on interviews with students and staff conducted during fieldwork in five secondary schools in Norway, the findings suggest that the psychosocial support provided by schools is random and lacks a concerted effort among relevant professionals. Making schools refugee-competent calls for more comprehensive representations of refugee students and teachers, enhanced collaboration concerning psychosocial support as well as school-based interventions as an integral part of educational policy and practice.

 Drawing the limits: Unaccompanied minors in Swedish asylum policy and procedure - Hedlund
This thesis explores how Swedish legislators experienced parliamentary work when putting in place the 2005 Aliens Act and the new system for appeals and procedures. In addition, it explores legislators understanding of the concept of unaccompanied minors, and how the Swedish Migration Agency (SMA) case-officers understand unaccompanied minors' credibility. It draws on interview data with 15 legislators of the Swedish parliament and an analysis of 916 decisions in asylum cases concerning unaccompanied minors.

 The (re)construction of home: Unaccompanied children's and youth's transition out of care - Söderqvist
This dissertation focuses on how perceptions of ethnicity and culture become meaningful in relation to the transition from care into independent living, studied from unaccompanied youths', professionals', and a methodological perspective. The findings from interviews with unaccompanied youth with experience of leaving care showed that thoughts about their ethnic minority background are constantly present in the young men's lives. The results based on interviews with professionals and observations at two residential care units indicated that 'home' is sometimes used as a metaphor when describing the residential care units. 

 Children and youth with war experiences in institutional care. A sociological study of young immigrants' stigma and social comparisons - Basic
In war situations civilians are often direct targets of – and sometimes even participants – acts of war. Children and youth who have escaped war have directly or indirectly been involved in the war and as a result of this they will probably be affected over a large part or the rest of their life. The purpose of the study is to analyze narratives of children and youth that have experienced war, taken refuge in Sweden, and taken into custody and placed in institutions.

You will find more examples of research on unaccompanied minors on our Scandinavian website.



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