Unaccompanied minors according to country of origin in 2015
Unaccompanied young, Immigration & development
15 Mar 2018
This map shows the countries of origin of unaccompanied minors to countries in the Nordic region in 2015. It includes the five largest in-flows for each Nordic country as well as two additional in-flows to Sweden.
These additional in-flows, from Ethiopia (891) and Morocco (403), were included as they are still substantial in the context of the in-flows to the other Nordic countries.
Sweden received by far the highest number, of unaccompanied minors, a large portion of whom (66 percent) were from Afghanistan. Afghanistan was also the most common country of origin for unaccompanied minors arriving in Norway (65 percent), Finland (63 percent) and Denmark (38 percent).
Following Afghanistan, the most common countries of origin were Eritrea, Syria, Iraq and Somalia. Eleven percent of unaccompanied minors arriving in the Nordic Region in 2015 came from Syria. Unaccompanied minors from Syria, made up the largest share of the national total in Denmark (28 percent), and the smallest in Finland (1 percent).
Stateless unaccompanied minors to Denmark are not included in the map although this group was one of the five largest groups coming to Denmark in 2015. Iceland is not included because the numbers were very small and there is no data available on country of origin. The Faroe Islands and Greenland did not receive any unaccompanied minors in 2015.