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Ensamkommande men inte ensamma: Tioårsuppföljning av ensamkommande asylsökande flyktingbarns livsvillkor och erfarenheter som unga vuxna i Sverige 
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
2009 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)Alternative title
Unaccompanied but not alone : A ten-year follow-up study of the life conditions of unaccompanied asylum-seeking refugee children and their life experiences as young adults in Sweden (English)
Abstract [en]

The primary aim of the study was to develop knowledge about how unaccompanied asylum-seeking children manage their life circumstances and challenges after being granted a residence permit and maturing into adulthood in Sweden. A second aim was to develop knowledge about the life circumstances of these children in their respective countries of origin, the motives behind their flight to Sweden, the means by which they came to Sweden.

 The thesis is a ten-year follow-up study. The first set of data is clinical in nature: 100 unaccompanied children were interviewed shortly after their arrival. Ten years later a register study was made of these now young adults. The research group was now reduced to the 68 young adults who remained in Sweden after receiving their permanent resident permits. Twenty of them were chosen for a qualitative interview by means of strategic sampling.

The unaccompanied asylum-seeking children who, ten years after becoming permanent residents, remained in Sweden have become established in a favourable life situation as young adults. The process of becoming established in Sweden from the stressing conditions in the country of origin is marked by both risks and possibilities that occur in periodical sequences in the life course of the unaccompanied asylum-seeking children.

 The children/youths may have come alone, but they did not remain alone. A majority were taken in hand by relatives in Sweden who were links to the family’s transnational network. The other children who had no family with which to reunite sought to establish transnational links on their own. A transnational perspective can shed light on how these young adults have created cross-national networks and this appears to have been of decisive importance for their socialisation and favourable establishment in Sweden.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Pedagogiska institutionen, Stockholms universitet , 2009. , 177 p.
Doktorsavhandlingar från Pedagogiska institutionen, Stockholms universitet, ISSN 1104-1625 ; 160
Keyword [en]
unaccompanied minors, separated children, asylum-seeking children, refugee children, follow-up, longitudinal studies, transnational, socialisation
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-29580ISBN: 978-91-7155-902-9OAI: diva2:234312
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2009-10-16, De Geersalen, Geovetenskapens hus, Svante Arrhenius väg 14, Stockholm, 13:00 (Swedish)
Available from: 2009-09-24 Created: 2009-09-07 Last updated: 2010-08-04Bibliographically approved

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