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”Framtiden börjar i skolan” - Kommunala variationer gällande utbildning för minderåriga EU-migranter.

Herrmansson, Klas LU (2015) SOAM20 20151
School of Social Work
Abstract
The future begins at school – municipal differences regarding education for under-aged EU migrants.

The number of exposed EU-migrants in Sweden is growing, and so is the number of under-aged EU-migrants who are travelling with their parents. Many of these belong to the Roma minority in countries such as Bulgaria and Romania. The aim of this study is to examine municipal differences in offering education in relation to municipal and state responsibilities and human rights. It is a qualitative study based on ten interviews with key representatives of the central government and different municipalities, as well as of a local Child Ombudsman organisation and the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions. The main questions... (More)
The future begins at school – municipal differences regarding education for under-aged EU migrants.

The number of exposed EU-migrants in Sweden is growing, and so is the number of under-aged EU-migrants who are travelling with their parents. Many of these belong to the Roma minority in countries such as Bulgaria and Romania. The aim of this study is to examine municipal differences in offering education in relation to municipal and state responsibilities and human rights. It is a qualitative study based on ten interviews with key representatives of the central government and different municipalities, as well as of a local Child Ombudsman organisation and the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions. The main questions concern local differences in motives and arguments for decisions on whether the municipality will offer under-aged EU-migrants education. Another aim is to examine how the participants of the study value municipal and state responsibility, respectively, towards the concerned category of children. The main motives put forward by the municipalities that offer education are based on the articles and meaning of the Child Rights Convention, as opposed to the municipalities that do not supply education, whose main arguments and motives are based on the Swedish state’s unwillingness to contribute with national directives. Yet another motive among the municipalities, which are not offering education, is that these children have no legal right to education in Sweden. The analysis is based on two perspectives, where the first one aims to provide an understanding of the municipalities’ primary motives behind the decision on providing education. The second one is the theory of governance, as a way to understand the complex situation municipalities face when realising European directives on a local level without the involvement of the state. An important conclusion is that the politicians in municipalities that do offer education to under-aged EU- migrants have given local managers full scope to realise the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child. Yet another important conclusion is that the absence of state involvement creates differences among municipalities. Thus, national directives and/or legislation are required to eliminate local differences and provide for the childrens’ best interest. (Less)
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author
Herrmansson, Klas LU
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organization
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SOAM20 20151
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H1 - Master's Degree (One Year)
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under-aged EU-migrants, education, governance, Convention of the Rights of the Child.
language
Swedish
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7374451
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2015-08-24 11:21:51
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  abstract     = {The future begins at school – municipal differences regarding education for under-aged EU migrants.

The number of exposed EU-migrants in Sweden is growing, and so is the number of under-aged EU-migrants who are travelling with their parents. Many of these belong to the Roma minority in countries such as Bulgaria and Romania. The aim of this study is to examine municipal differences in offering education in relation to municipal and state responsibilities and human rights. It is a qualitative study based on ten interviews with key representatives of the central government and different municipalities, as well as of a local Child Ombudsman organisation and the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions. The main questions concern local differences in motives and arguments for decisions on whether the municipality will offer under-aged EU-migrants education. Another aim is to examine how the participants of the study value municipal and state responsibility, respectively, towards the concerned category of children. The main motives put forward by the municipalities that offer education are based on the articles and meaning of the Child Rights Convention, as opposed to the municipalities that do not supply education, whose main arguments and motives are based on the Swedish state’s unwillingness to contribute with national directives. Yet another motive among the municipalities, which are not offering education, is that these children have no legal right to education in Sweden. The analysis is based on two perspectives, where the first one aims to provide an understanding of the municipalities’ primary motives behind the decision on providing education. The second one is the theory of governance, as a way to understand the complex situation municipalities face when realising European directives on a local level without the involvement of the state. An important conclusion is that the politicians in municipalities that do offer education to under-aged EU- migrants have given local managers full scope to realise the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child. Yet another important conclusion is that the absence of state involvement creates differences among municipalities. Thus, national directives and/or legislation are required to eliminate local differences and provide for the childrens’ best interest.},
  author       = {Herrmansson, Klas},
  keyword      = {under-aged EU-migrants,education,governance,Convention of the Rights of the Child.},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {”Framtiden börjar i skolan” - Kommunala variationer gällande utbildning för minderåriga EU-migranter.},
  year         = {2015},
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