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Livet på landet - tryggt eller tråkigt?: Ensamkommande flyktingbarns upplevelser av att bo i svensk glesbygd
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
2012 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

As a result of rural depopulation, many municipalities in rural areas are faced with the

problem of municipal housing to let, empty schools and a lack of work opportunities for the

remaining population. This makes it both possible and attractive for these municipalities to

receive a relatively large amount of refugees. The placement of unaccompanied refugee

minors in such municipalities is thus a result of structural practicalities rather than decisions

based on what is best for the adolescents in question. The reception of unaccompanied refugee

minors in sparsely populated rural areas is a relatively new phenomenon. This study focuses

on the experiences of a number of adolescents in this situation. Their experiences have been

analysed in the light of previous research on the settlement of immigrants in rural areas. The

study adopts a norm critical perspective. Interviews have been carried out with seven

unaccompanied refugee minors in a village in a sparsely populated area in northern Sweden.

The main findings are that they are generally satisfied with the opportunities provided by the

municipality in the short-term, but most of them think that once they have completed their

upper secondary education they will need to move in order to reach their long term goals.

Their experiences differ in many ways from those of the refugees studied in earlier research. It

is vital to understand unaccompanied refugee minors as individuals with many characteristics

that define them and that variables such as age, class and gender can be equally relevant

factors as ethnicity.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 26 p.
Keyword [sv]
Ensamkommande flyktingbarn; glesbygd; normkritiskt perspektiv
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Other Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-18637Local ID: SA-H12-G2-009OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-18637DiVA: diva2:612725
Educational program
Social Work Education - Bachelor of Science programme SSOCG 210 higher education credits
Presentation
2013-02-18, Mittuniversitetet, Östersund, 10:49
Uppsok
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
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Available from: 2013-03-27 Created: 2013-03-24 Last updated: 2013-04-30Bibliographically approved

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