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Flyktingskapets situation och möjlighet: Colombianska flyktingbarn i Venezuela och Sverige
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
2009 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)Alternative title
Situation and Possibility in the refugee situation : Colombian Refugee Children in Venezuela and Sweden (English)
Abstract [en]

This thesis is about the situation and possibilities in a refugee situation. The aim is to deepen the understanding of the situation for Colombian refugee children and how they are able to handle the adjustments related to a refugee situation, both in a neighbouring country like Venezuela and in a foreign country like Sweden.

First, quantitative data were collected and analyzed in order to obtain a general picture of the situation for the refugee children. Further, grounded theory was used to analyze some of the interviews, which resulted in a generated theory. During the process of developing the theory, a case study was carried out with a Colombian refugee family in Sweden. The interviewed persons are fifty Colombian refugee children (boys, girls, and teenagers) who lived in the border states of Venezuela, and a Colombian refugee family (the parents and their two children) who now live in Sweden.

The generated theory deals with how the refugee children are able to relate to and manage the new refugee situation. The core concept is possibility-finding: the developed ability to find possibilities in the refugee situation. It is a way of thinking as well as practical action. The latter is evident in the way the refugee children see the possibilities and deal with the challenges and problems they are facing. By the solutions they find and the results that are developing into growth. All of this influences and helps to build up their personal stability. The foundations that emerge, and which support or strain possibility-finding, are peace, culture, language, and networks like familyship and friendship. There is an emphasis on the importance of peace and dreams in order to handle times of huge challenges.

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Stockholm: Pedagogiska institutionen, Stockholms universietet , 2009. , 214 p.
Doktorsavhandlingar från Pedagogiska institutionen, Stockholms universitet, ISSN 1104-1625 ; 154
Keyword [en]
Refugee Children, resilience, Colombia, Venezuela
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-26655ISBN: 978-91-7155-860-2OAI: diva2:210836
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2009-05-20, De Geersalen, Geovetenskapens hus, Svante Arrheniusvägen 8 A, Stockholm, 13:00 (Swedish)
Available from: 2009-04-29 Created: 2009-04-06 Last updated: 2009-05-08Bibliographically approved

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