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Challenges in the Guardianship of Unaccompanied Minors Seeking Asylum
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Child and Youth Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3157-0279
2018 (English)In: The International Journal of Children's Rights, ISSN 0927-5568, E-ISSN 1571-8182, Vol. 26, no 3, p. 489-509Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this paper we explore the research literature relating to the guardianship of unaccompanied minors seeking asylum. In particular, we seek to find out what type of dilemmas have been identified by research concerning the guardianship of unaccompanied minors, and the focus that the literature has therefore taken. A comprehensive search of identified databases was conducted. Ultimately, 38 publications were selected for analysis. The review was qualitative and inductive. The results of the review suggest that research has identified and focused on challenges in the form of diverging policy such as gaps and inconsistencies in guardianship institutions, as well as challenges in balancing different objectives concerning the guardianship role, such as conflicting interest in the guardianship assignment or between different actors involved in protecting the child’s interest.The conclusion is that different configurations of guardianship institutions, as well as the identified challenges for practice, appear to be related to the welfare state model. Therefore, future research concerning guardianship for unaccompanied minors needs to move beyond legal sources and policy documents by focusing on empirically informed research on the relationship between child care/protection, principles of assessing the best interest of the child and the welfare state systems.

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2018. Vol. 26, no 3, p. 489-509
Keywords [en]
children’s rights, literature review, guardianship, unaccompanied minors
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Law and Society International Migration and Ethnic Relations Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
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Child and Youth Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-158506DOI: 10.1163/15718182-02603008OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-158506DiVA, id: diva2:1237215
Available from: 2018-08-07 Created: 2018-08-07 Last updated: 2018-08-17Bibliographically approved

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