ARE UNACCOMPANIED REFUGEE MINORS IN SWEDEN BEING PUSHED TOWARDS THE RISK ZONE FOR CRIMINALITY? Determining the risk and protective factors of unaccompanied refugee minors

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ARE UNACCOMPANIED REFUGEE MINORS IN SWEDEN BEING PUSHED TOWARDS THE RISK ZONE FOR CRIMINALITY? Determining the risk and protective factors of unaccompanied refugee minors

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Publication 2-year master student thesis
Title ARE UNACCOMPANIED REFUGEE MINORS IN SWEDEN BEING PUSHED TOWARDS THE RISK ZONE FOR CRIMINALITY? Determining the risk and protective factors of unaccompanied refugee minors
Author Khan, Sadia Shahid
Date 2017
English abstract
In recent years, Europe has witnessed a flow of refugees from war struck areas who seek asylum in various European countries, where Sweden is one of the recipient country. A large portion of these refugees comprise of unaccompanied refugee minors (URMs). Aim: The aim of the present study is to examine how unaccompanied refugee minors have the conditions in Malmo when it comes to individual health and lifestyle (tobacco, alcohol and drug use) and social environment (absence of family, living situation, school, social support and future prospects) as compared to the general population of the same age; and also, if these conditions could possibly put them at a risk to encounter or commit a crime. Method: The data is collected using quantitative survey questionnaires distributed to URMs (N=30). The data of the general population has been obtained through Region Skåne. Results: The findings indicate that in comparison to the general population, URMs report high level of ill-health, tobacco use, access to narcotics and low social support, which are termed as risk factors. The institute of school, however, is termed a protective factor for the URMs, where they score almost equivalent to the general population in terms of school satisfaction and better than them in terms of help and support from the teachers. The implication of the findings are discussed further in the paper.
Publisher Malmö högskola/Hälsa och samhälle
Pages 55
Language eng (iso)
Subject Unaccompanied refugee minors
Ill-health
Criminality
Risk and protective factors
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