Are unaccompanied refugee minors discriminated against? A discussion of their rights to care upon resettlement.

Aadnanes, M., & Pastoor, L. d. W. (2013). Blir enslige mindreårige flyktninger diskriminert? En drøfting av deres rettigheter til omsorg etter bosetting [Are unaccompanied refugee minors discriminated against? A discussion of their rights to care upon resettlement.] Norwegian only. Norges Barnevern, 90(1), 42-51.

In Norway, the Child Welfare Services are responsible for children and young people under 18 years of age who cannot be cared for by their parents. However, this does not apply to unaccompanied refugee minors who get resettled in Norwegian municipalities.

Unaccompanied minors are a group of children and young people who have a particular need for special care and assistance, which they in line with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child also are entitled to.

Through our work in a research project where we study resettlement municipalities’ care and education provisions for unaccompanied young refugees, we have become aware that it cannot be taken for granted that the Child Welfare Services are assigned responsibility for caring for this group of young people.

This is a fundamental dilemma that needs clarifying. In this article we discuss whether unaccompanied minors’ rights as children are well enough guaranteed.