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Unaccompanied children claiming asylum on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Child and Youth Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3157-0279
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7272-1729
(English)In: The Journal of Refugee Studies, ISSN 0951-6328, E-ISSN 1471-6925Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

This study explores the asylum claims of unaccompanied children concerning sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) and examines how case officers at the Swedish Migration Agency (SMA) responded to the credibility of their claims. The SMA provided one calendar year of asylum decisions concerning unaccompanied children, and 16 SOGI cases were identified. A thematic analysis of the cases was conducted. The results showed that case officers directed their focus to the quality of the children’s sexual relationships. This indicates that the case officers expect children to engage in long-term relationships similar to adults, despite their age. Furthermore, case officers tended to only render narratives credible if the society as whole was narrated as perpetrators. This indicates that case officers expect origin societies to be monolithic. The main conclusion, therefore, is that case officers are guided both by homonormative as well as homonationalist views in their decision-making process.

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International Migration and Ethnic Relations
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Sociology; Gender Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-156423DOI: 10.1093/jrs/fey026OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-156423DiVA, id: diva2:1208745
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Arbetet med denna artikel finansierades av forskningssatsningen Barn, Migration, Integration (BMI) vid Stockholms universitet, Sverige.

This work was funded by the research initiative Children, Migration, Integration (CMI) at Stockholm University, Sweden.

Available from: 2018-05-18 Created: 2018-05-18 Last updated: 2018-06-24

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