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"Different children or a case of any other child?" Constructions of unaccompanied children in welfare service provision

Chapter in book
Authors Live Stretmo
Published in Trygged, S and Righard, E (2019) Inequalities and Migration – Challenges for the Swedish welfare state
Pages 153-173
ISBN 978-91-44-11694-5
Publisher Studentlitteratur
Place of publication Lund
Publication year 2019
Published at Department of Education, Communication and Learning
Pages 153-173
Language en
Keywords Migration, unaccompanied minors, international social work, social pedagogy, social problems, categorisation
Subject categories Learning, Social Work, Sociology, Educational Sciences


This chapter discusses how Swedish service providers talk about unaccompanied minors as a specific group of children and how these constructions may affect the way in which the service providers understand their work and obligations in regard to these children and youth. Whether the unaccompanied minors are seen as somewhat problematic youngsters or as any other child or young person clearly affects which aid or intervention is deemed legitimate. These are important findings as they point to the need to address and reflect on our underlying categorisations – especially as categorisations might have real consequences and implications for unaccompanied children.

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Utskriftsdatum: 2019-08-19