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"In Sweden work is more important than the culture, actually!": The care leaving process for unaccompanied youths from the perspective of social workers
Högskolan i Jönköping.
Högskolan i Jönköping.
Department of Social Work, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden.
2015 (English)In: Transnational Social Review: A Social Work Journal, ISSN 2193-1674, Vol. 5, no 3, 241-257 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In 2014 about 7000 unaccompanied minors applied for asylum in Sweden and a great part got to stay. Thus Sweden is one of the countries receiving the highest number in Europe. Previous research have shown that individuals with out-of-home care experiences belong to a vulnerable group. Besides that, young people with a migrant background sometimes experienced exclusion and discrimination. This study aim to explore social workers’ understanding of the unaccompanied youth’s minority backgrounds in relation to the process of leaving-care. With a qualitative approach data have been collected through focus-groups at two residential care units. Within this kind of Human service organizations the staff struggle with meeting the perceived needs of the youths based on their minority background. Alongside they are trying to teach what they considered as being good Swedish practices claimed being necessary when facing life outside care. A transnational perspective prevents an understanding of the unaccompanied youth’s context as static, but promotes rather a way of relating to both the youths past and present time in order to be prepared for the future.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. Vol. 5, no 3, 241-257 p.
Keyword [en]
Unaccompanied minors, transnationalism, professionals, leaving-care
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Social Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-23545DOI: 10.1080/21931674.2015.1082778OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-23545DiVA: diva2:1071884
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Unaccompanied youths, Out-of-home care placements and ethnicity (diss project)
Available from: 2015-11-19 Created: 2017-02-06Bibliographically approved

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