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Between empowerment and powerlessness: Separated minors in Sweden
Lund University, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0641-7096
Lund University, Sweden.
Lund University, Sweden.
2012 (English)In: New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development, ISSN 1520-3247, E-ISSN 1534-8687, Vol. 2012, no 136, 65-77 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article analyzes the migration experiences of thirteen separated minors who arrived in Sweden between 1943 and 2008. Using the framework of "dislocation" and the "liberated self," this chapter shows that the experiences of separated minors are shaped in the intersection between contexts and conditions of transnational migration and the Swedish reception system. Their efforts to continue living based on the past and building a new life during a period of transition between different countries and between childhood and adulthood can be described as "a life on hold." The paradox that migration serves simultaneously to empower and render children powerless is discussed.

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John Wiley & Sons, 2012. Vol. 2012, no 136, 65-77 p.
Keyword [en]
asylum-seekers, reception system, separated minors, Sweden, the liberated self
National Category
International Migration and Ethnic Relations
Research subject
Social Sciences, Social Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-36256DOI: 10.1002/cad.20011PubMedID: 22689524ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84862191233OAI: diva2:736013
Available from: 2012-07-30 Created: 2014-08-04 Last updated: 2015-09-14Bibliographically approved

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