Swedish Reception of Unaccompanied Refugee Children—Promoting Integration?

  • Malin E. WimeliusEmail author
  • Malin Eriksson
  • Joakim Isaksson
  • Mehdi Ghazinour


In this article we describe and analyse the Swedish reception of unaccompanied refugee children and efforts to promote their integration into Swedish society. We identify the actors involved in the reception and promotion of the children’s integration and investigate their efforts through the lens of social ecological systems theory. We show that reception is fraught with challenges that concern lack of interconnections between actors, lack of an articulated political vision of integration and absence of systematic evaluations and long-term follow-ups of how the reception affects integration.


Reception Unaccompanied refugee children Integration Sweden 



This work was supported by The European Refugee Fund (grant number E85-288).

Compliance with Ethical Standards

This research was approved by the Regional Ethical Review Board (2012-454-31Ö) at Umeå University. All interviews and focus group discussions were based on informed consent.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Malin E. Wimelius
    • 1
    Email author
  • Malin Eriksson
    • 2
  • Joakim Isaksson
    • 3
  • Mehdi Ghazinour
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceUmeå UniversityUmeåSweden
  2. 2.Department of Public Health and Clinical MedicineUmeå UniversityUmeåSweden
  3. 3.Department of Social WorkUmeå UniversityUmeåSweden
  4. 4.Department of Social Work and Police Education UnitUmeå UniversityUmeåSweden

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