This is Who We Are: A study of the profile, experiences and reasons for flight of unaccompanied and separated children from Afghanistan seeking asylum in Sweden in 2015

Written in collaboration with the Swedish Migration Agency, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) profiled over 240 unaccompanied and separated children, focusing on Afghan children, arriving in Sweden in order to begin addressing the information gaps concerning this group of displaced children. UNHCR intends to use this information in informing their programming in the countries along the journey from Afghanistan to Sweden.

Respondents emphasized their rationale for leaving their countries of residence to be based on protection issues. Those coming from Afghanistan listed security-related reasons, including conflict and violence. When asked why they chose to apply for asylum in Sweden, they answered that Sweden allegedly offers: good education opportunities, respects human rights, has a fair and efficient asylum procedure, and provides opportunities for economic development.

Published 2017-05-19

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