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

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

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dc.contributor.author Lundberg, Anna
dc.contributor.author Dahlquist, Lisa
dc.date.accessioned 2012-11-08T12:54:38Z
dc.date.available 2012-11-08T12:54:38Z
dc.date.issued 2012 en_US
dc.identifier.citation 54-75 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1020-4067 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2043/14313
dc.description.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. en_US
dc.language.iso swe en_US
dc.publisher Oxford University Press en_US
dc.subject children asylum-seekers en_US
dc.subject child-centred research en_US
dc.subject children’s human rights en_US
dc.subject asylum en_US
dc.subject.classification Humanities/Social Sciences en_US
dc.title Unaccompanied children seeking asylum in Sweden : living conditions from a child centred perspective en_US
dc.type Article, peer reviewed scientific en_US
dc.contributor.department Malmö University. Faculty of Culture and Society en
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/rsq/hds003
dc.subject.srsc Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES en_US
dc.relation.ispartofpublication Refugee Survey Quarterly;2
dc.relation.ispartofpublicationvolume 31 en_US
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