Unaccompanied Minors and Separated Refugee Children in Sweden: An Outlook on Demography, Education and Employment

28 Pages Posted: 13 Apr 2015

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Aycan Celikaksoy

Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI)

Eskil Wadensjo

Stockholm University - Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI); IZA Institute of Labor Economics; Stockholm University Linnaeus Center for Integration Studies (SULCIS)

Abstract

The number of unaccompanied minors has increased over the past ten years in Sweden, the European country that receives the most children from this group. Some of them emigrate after a period of time in Sweden, but the vast majority stay. Most of the arriving children are teenage boys who have not yet turned 18. However, the largest increase over the latest years is observed for the younger age groups. Furthermore, gender composition is also age dependent, where it is quite balanced for the younger age groups unlike the oldest age group. In the years following their arrival, most of them are enrolled in schools. When it comes to those aged 20 or over, the proportion undergoing education is higher among women but a higher proportion of men are employed. The group that neither works nor studies is much larger among women than among men.

Keywords: unaccompanied minors, refugee children, migration, education

JEL Classification: J13, J15

Suggested Citation

Celikaksoy, Aycan and Wadensjo, Eskil, Unaccompanied Minors and Separated Refugee Children in Sweden: An Outlook on Demography, Education and Employment. IZA Discussion Paper No. 8963. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2593253

Aycan Celikaksoy (Contact Author)

Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI) ( email )

SOFI, Stockholms universitet
106 91 Stockholm
Stockholm, 106 91
Sweden
+4608-16 2230 (Phone)

Eskil Wadensjo

Stockholm University - Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI) ( email )

Universitetsvägen 10F
SE-106 91 Stockholm
Sweden

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

Stockholm University Linnaeus Center for Integration Studies (SULCIS) ( email )

SE-106 91 Stockholm
Stockholm
Sweden

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