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The Human Rights and Dignity of Asylum-seeking Unaccompanied Minors
Stockholms universitet, Juridiska fakulteten, Juridiska institutionen, Stockholms barnrättscentrum.ORCID-id: 0000-0003-3157-0279
2019 (engelsk)Konferansepaper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Annet vitenskapelig)
Abstract [en]

Previous research has offered that the construction of the asylum-seeking child is complex as it unites children (predominantly understood as passive) with immigration (agency). Research has also argued that the principles prescribed in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child are not sufficiently implemented by states in asylum procedure. As a point of departure, this presentation views children's rights as human rights, and that "children's rights" analysis can be strengthened by further theoretization.The main argument of the presentation is that there is a strong link between the human rights of unaccompanied minors seeking asylum and the concept of dignity, understood here as the possibility of self-determination in practice.The presentation draws on a two larger research projects about unaccompanied minors in Swedish asylum policy. The projects have analyzed interview data about the perceived life conditions of unaccompanied minors collected from members of parliament, public servants, unaccompanied minors and their guardians. The projects have also examined asylum decisions issued by the Swedish Migration Agency concerning unaccompanied minors' credibility. Overall, the results indicate that the asylum claims of unaccompanied minors are questioned to an extensive degree, although balanced to some extent by general intentions to protect "all" children, and that the perceptions about quality in asylum reception appears to be shaped by fiscal considerations. As the results are based on research conducted both at the level of parliament as well as including "street-level bureaucracy", and the minors themselves, the findings can be used to explore the social and legal mechanisms influencing the political, social, cultural, and economic rights of unaccompanied minors in practice. These mechanisms, in turn, seem to be conditioning the dignity of unaccompanied minors in Swedish asylum policy and procedure.

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2019.
Emneord [en]
Asylum law, Dignity, Human Rights, Children's Rights
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Forskningsprogram
sociologi; folkrätt
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-169332OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-169332DiVA, id: diva2:1319465
Konferanse
Law & Society Association Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., USA, May 30 - June 2, 2019
Merknad

Presented on May 31 in the panel session Asylum, Discretion, and Law as a Barrier, chaired by Sital Kalantry (Cornell Law School).

This research was made possible with the support of the Children, Migration, Integration initiative at Stockholm University.

Tilgjengelig fra: 2019-06-01 Laget: 2019-06-01 Sist oppdatert: 2019-06-03

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