Research Handbook on Child Migration
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Research Handbook on Child Migration

Edited by Jacqueline Bhabha, Jyothi Kanics and Daniel Senovilla Hernández

The scope and complexity of child migration have only recently emerged as a critical factors in global migration. This volume assembles for the first time a richly interdisciplinary body of work, drawing on contributions from renowned scholars, eminent practitioners and prominent civil society advocates from across the globe and from a wide range of different mobility contexts. Their invaluable pedagogical tools and research documents demonstrate the urgency and breadth of this important new aspect of international human mobility in our global age.
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Chapter 17: Management of “the unaccompanied.” In search of a rights-based approach in the context of Swedish “crisis politics"

Anna Lundberg


This chapter focuses on recent policies adopted by the Swedish government in its management of unaccompanied children, and asks what the implications are for the concerned children’s rights. Focusing on conditions for rights, the chapter identifies three tensions which illustrate spaces for rights claiming: the boundary between who is a child and who is an adult, the division of responsibility between Swedish local governments and the central government, and the tension between residency and deportation. These tensions are essential to understanding the situation of unaccompanied children from a rights perspective in the Swedish context.

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