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The reception of separated minors in Sweden: To receive with grace and knowledge
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0641-7096
2015 (English)In: Participation, Integration, and Recognition: Changing Pathways to Immigrant Incorporation / [ed] Elli Heikkilä, Auvo Kostiainen, Johanna Leinonen, Ismo Söderling, Turku: Institute of Migration , 2015, 111-124 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this article is to describe the reception of separated minors in Sweden and analyse some central ideas and ethics as they are manifested, interpreted and practiced by professionals involved in the reception system. What impact do these ideas and ethics have on separated children? This article is based on extensive fieldwork consisting of more than 100 interviews and observations among actors in the reception system. Theories of differences and similarities are used to investigate how professionals perceive minors both as normal teenagers and as culturally different aliens who need to become “Swedish”. The study concludes that a combination of the ideas of similarities and differences, where the minors are recognised as persons with various backgrounds and experiences, could upon reflection result in a more gracious reception.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Turku: Institute of Migration , 2015. 111-124 p.
, Migration Studies, ISSN 0356-780X ; 24
Keyword [en]
unaccompanied children, separated minors, reception, ethics of grace, ethics of rights, similarities, differences
Keyword [sv]
ensamkommande barn, mottagande, rättighetsetik, värdighetsetik, likheter, skillnader
National Category
International Migration and Ethnic Relations
Research subject
Social Sciences, Social Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-46740ISBN: 9789525889826ISBN: 9789525889833ISBN: 9789512961603ISBN: 9789512961610OAI: diva2:860376
Participation, Integration and recognition: Changing pathways to immigrant incorporation

About the book:

These conference proceedings gather expert articles about different ways of understanding immigrant incorporation, both historically and in contemporary society. It is important to examine critically what is meant by the term "integration". Who are targeted with integration policies and who are left out? In which domains of society (e.g. education, labor market and families) is integration expected to take place and at what speed? What is the desired outcome of integration, both for immigrants and for members of the receiving society? How is this outcome measured and best achieved?

The articles included in this publication show that there is no single pathway to successful immigrant integration. Immigrants – just like anyone else – have multiple roles in their lives (for example, as family members, workers, students, and political and cultural actors), engage in activities in different social fields, and form relationships along these dimensions, different factors can create obstacles or opportunities for immigrants' integration process. As scholars examine these multiple pathways to immigrant integration, it is important to keep in mind the power relationships embedded in the integration process. Ideally, integration is a two-way process which results in changes in both immigrant communities and the receiving society. The publication shows how crucial it is to examine integration as a process, and study it both at the group and individual level.

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