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Nordic co-operation on integration and inclusion

How to care for child refugees: lessons from Nordic countries

Unaccompanied young

5 Jun 2018

In the article "How to care for child refugees: lessons from Nordic countries" the british newspaper The Guardian is focusing on Nordic welfare centres report about unaccompanied minors in the Nordic countries. Our project manager Anna Gärdegård is being intreviewed on the matter.

”A disproportionate number of unaccompanied young refugees have been taken in by Nordic countries. How are their systems coping and what can the UK learn?

The Nordic countries of Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Iceland and Norway accepted 45,765 unaccompanied minors in the peak year of the refugee crisis, 2015, compared with the EU’s total of 88,250. This has set their migration and social care agencies an unprecedented test.

‘We didn’t have the systems in place for so many, and then there were quick changes in the legislation’, says Anna Gärdegård, project leader at the Nordic Welfare Centre and the author of a new report comparing the Nordic countries’ reception of minors. However, it is also forcing them to develop strategies from which UK authorities can learn.

Andrew Ireland, corporate director of social care, health and wellbeing at Kent county council, says Britain has decided to follow a model similar to Sweden’s.”

You can find the full length article How to care for child refugees: lessons from Nordic countries here. It was originally published in the british newspaper The Guardian.


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