Unaccompanied Minor Refugees in Institutional Care
The project scrutinizes the accommodation and care of unaccompanied minor refugees, thereby taking into consideration different historical contexts as well as different forms of care in order to provide insights for science, specialist practice, and policy-making as well as making suggestions.
Project description (completed research project)
The project analyzes how the accommodation and care of unaccompanied minor refugees who due to a) asylum law, asylum policy and asylum bureaucracy, b) ethnical and cultural foreignness experiences, and c) concepts of child-appropriate growing-up and need for help can be associated with aspects of welfare as well as coercion. Current accommodation and care are analyzed from an ethnographic perspective, i.e. by means of observations of and interviews with the persons concerned, thereby taking into due consideration different forms of accommodation and care (centers, adult housing, foster families). Historically, the project focuses on documents containing information on select groups of unaccompanied teens who fled to Switzerland between 1947 and 1981.
Experiencing Care – Experiencing Coercion? Unaccompanied Minor Refugees in Institutional Care