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Educational Challenges Faced By Unaccompanied Refugee Youths In Stockholm
University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Social Work and Psychology.
University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Social Work and Psychology.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This research paper explores the educational challenges faced by unaccompanied refugee youths in Stockholm. It focuses on the ongoing educational challenges that stem after separating from their families or other representatives in struggling to find a safe place; and adjust to a foreign country with minimal support. The research also examines what educational services that have been made available to these unaccompanied refugee youths.  Furthermore, how successful they have been in adjusting into the Swedish educational system and achieving their educational goals.


We have conducted a qualitative research method using semi-structured interviews to provide insightful findings into this research topic. The sample included ten unaccompanied refugee youths and three professionals that are experts in the area of unaccompanied refugee youths.  The findings underscore that most of the unaccompanied refugee youths´ dropout from school before they are able to achieve their post- secondary education due to different challenges that influence their educational pursuit.


 Key words: challenges, support, imbalance, education, and unaccompanied Refugee youths.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 47 p.
Keyword [en]
Educational challenges, support, imbalance, Education, unaccompanied Refuge Youths, Stockholm, Sweden, family reunification, language impact, Discrepancy concerning the school placement, Social exclusion at the school environment, Eritrea, Somalia, Syria, Irak, Afghanistan
Keyword [sv]
studie utmaningar, Support, ensamkommande flykting barn/ ungdomar, Stockholm, Sverige, familjeåterförening, språkpåverkan, Avvikelse om skolplacering, social utslagning på skolmiljön, Eritrea, Somalia, Syria, Irak, Afghanistan
National Category
Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-20799OAI: diva2:877924
Subject / course
Social work
Educational program
Social work – specialisation in international social work (in eng)
2015-12-08, 09:52 (English)
Available from: 2015-12-14 Created: 2015-12-08 Last updated: 2015-12-14Bibliographically approved

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