Topic: Forced migration and refugee health

NordURM, Nordic Network for Research Cooperation on Unaccompanied Refugee Minors

NordURM aims to consolidate collaboration regarding research and research training on a Nordic level as well as to develop comparative research projects concerning unaccompanied refugee minors in the Nordic countries.

2011 This project has been completed 2015

Project Manager

Project Member

  • Hjorthol, Toril

Main objective

NordURM has been allocated funding from NordForsk for a period of 3 years (2011-2014).

NordURM’s main objectives during the NordForsk funding period will be

  • To encourage and consolidate Nordic collaboration regarding research and research training in relation to unaccompanied refugee minors (URM)
  • To develop research themes of relevance to current URM issues, to initiate comparative research projects and to encourage joint publications 
  • To enhance the understanding of URM’s diverse and complex needs as well as gain a better insight into the various national responses to the unaccompanied minors’ need for support


Project management

The Norwegian Centre for Violence and Traumatic Stress Studies (NKVTS) is responsible for the administration of the allocated NordForsk funds, the NordURM project’s implementation, as well as for establishing and maintaining a website for the NordURM network (in process). Lutine de Wal Pastoor, Senior Resesearcher at NKVTS, is the Project Leader of NordURM. 

NordURM has a Steering Committee, i.e. an advisory committee made up of national representatives of the participating countries (Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Belgium). The steering committee will provide guidance on key issues such as NordURM policy, objectives and resource allocation. 

During the project period, there will be organized 6 Network Meetings and 3 Workshops for PhD students and other young researchers. The hosting of the meetings will rotate between the participating countries. The official language used in the network is English.

NordURM cooperates with the Nordic Network for Research on Refugee Children.

Further information

Participation in the NordURM network

The aim is to keep the network as open as possible to everybody interested in research on unaccompanied refugee minors. Although the network is meant to be a Nordic network, a certain number of non-Nordic researchers may be included. According to NordForsk no more than 25 % of the funding may be used on non-Nordic/international partners.


Members of the network may

  • Be involved in ongoing research on unaccompanied refugee minors
  • Have other competence regarding URM
  • Be affiliated to a Nordic University, University College, Research Institute or a Research and Development Unit
  • Have international expertise in the field of URM research

Research training

NordURM will organize workshops for PhD students and other young researchers, in order to get the opportunity to discuss own research with both junior and senior researchers involved in URM research.