Unaccompanied children seeking asylum in Sweden : living conditions from a child centred perspective

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Unaccompanied children seeking asylum in Sweden : living conditions from a child centred perspective
Author(s) Lundberg, Anna ; Dahlquist, Lisa
Date 2012
English abstract
The article presents unaccompanied refugee children’s current situation in Sweden from a child-centred perspective. Interviews were conducted with 26 children. A key finding was that the way individuals perceived their situation was highly dependent on the status of their asylum application. In cases where all instances of the Swedish asylum process had been involved, the children described their situation as significantly difficult. At first, the children seemed satisfied with the fact that they had their human rights to housing, food, and support fulfilled. But on closer analysis of the interview answers it was revealed that many of the children’s existences were completely overshadowed by concern for the future and an underlying need of support. They described the asylum process as extremely worrying. Some children were not able to go to school, some felt offended when officials doubted their stories, and several children became sick after having their asylum application rejected. They emphasised that information from the authorities must be clear. Possible improvements in current practices are: continued information from authorities about the asylum case, more therapeutic care, and every day contact with supportive adults and friends.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/rsq/hds003 (link to publisher's fulltext)
Publisher Oxford University Press
Host/Issue Refugee Survey Quarterly;2
Volume 31
ISSN 1020-4067
Pages 54-75
Language swe (iso)
Subject(s) children asylum-seekers
child-centred research
children’s human rights
asylum
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/14313 (link to this page)

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