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The concept of home - unaccompanied youths voices and experiences
Jönköping University, Sweden.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
2020 (English)In: European Journal of Social Work, ISSN 1369-1457, E-ISSN 1468-2664Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

In Sweden, unaccompanied youths are placed within residential care units. However, to settle in a foreign country and feel emotional belonging is more complex than access to a physical building. The aim of this study is to critically discuss the concept of 'home' as experienced by the youths, narrated in nine focus group interviews. These interviews occurred in the aftermath of a turbulent migration time (2015), when over 35,000 unaccompanied youths arrived in Sweden. A transnational theoretical perspective stretches the meaning across national borders, when home links to people, processes and other geographical places. It is difficult to create an environment that mirrors the emotional attachment described in analysis. Earlier research has shown that residential care workers refer to the institutional setting as home, yet the results of this study show that the young people relate to the concept differently. Staff utilisation of the concept of home rather emphasises the lack of home-like aspects for the youths, creating a frustration in the current institutional conditions. Staff in residential care units must therefore be aware of the different interpretations and reactions that their actions and communications generate, in order to respond to various needs.

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Taylor & Francis Group, 2020.
Keywords [en]
migration, immigration, practice, theory, institutions, critical perspectives
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Social Work
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Social Sciences, Social Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-91801DOI: 10.1080/13691457.2019.1709159ISI: 000507063900001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-91801DiVA, id: diva2:1391362
Available from: 2020-02-04 Created: 2020-02-04 Last updated: 2020-02-04

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