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From voluntary to mandatory reception of asylum seeking unaccompanied minors A case study of the 2014 policy change in Sweden

Botic, Antonela LU (2016) STVM23 20161
Department of Political Science
Abstract
Reception of asylum-seeking minors has recently gained a lot of attention in the EU, due to the dramatic increase of minors fleeing war and conflicts. Since no EU regulation exists regarding how the reception of minors should be conducted, it is up to the member states to legislate domestically on the matter. In 2014, the Swedish parliament approved an amendment to the law on reception of asylum seeking unaccompanied minors, which made the reception of minors a mandatory task for all municipalities. Previously, the reception of minors had been voluntary. This change, from voluntary to mandatory reception, is the main focus of this thesis. In order to understand why the policy change occurred, the theoretical framework Multiple Streams has... (More)
Reception of asylum-seeking minors has recently gained a lot of attention in the EU, due to the dramatic increase of minors fleeing war and conflicts. Since no EU regulation exists regarding how the reception of minors should be conducted, it is up to the member states to legislate domestically on the matter. In 2014, the Swedish parliament approved an amendment to the law on reception of asylum seeking unaccompanied minors, which made the reception of minors a mandatory task for all municipalities. Previously, the reception of minors had been voluntary. This change, from voluntary to mandatory reception, is the main focus of this thesis. In order to understand why the policy change occurred, the theoretical framework Multiple Streams has been applied. This focuses on how three streams (problem, politics, policy) and two elements (policy entrepreneurs and opening of a policy window) enable implementation of a policy. The method is a variant of policy process-tracing called explaining-outcome. The findings from the thesis indicate that the problem stream triggered an opening of a policy window, which enabled the policy of mandatory reception to be implemented. (Less)
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Botic, Antonela LU
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STVM23 20161
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H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
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Sweden, Reception of asylum seeking unaccompanied minors, Multiple Streams, Policy process-tracing, Explaining-outcome.
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English
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8873338
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2016-06-17 12:46:38
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  abstract     = {Reception of asylum-seeking minors has recently gained a lot of attention in the EU, due to the dramatic increase of minors fleeing war and conflicts. Since no EU regulation exists regarding how the reception of minors should be conducted, it is up to the member states to legislate domestically on the matter. In 2014, the Swedish parliament approved an amendment to the law on reception of asylum seeking unaccompanied minors, which made the reception of minors a mandatory task for all municipalities. Previously, the reception of minors had been voluntary. This change, from voluntary to mandatory reception, is the main focus of this thesis. In order to understand why the policy change occurred, the theoretical framework Multiple Streams has been applied. This focuses on how three streams (problem, politics, policy) and two elements (policy entrepreneurs and opening of a policy window) enable implementation of a policy. The method is a variant of policy process-tracing called explaining-outcome. The findings from the thesis indicate that the problem stream triggered an opening of a policy window, which enabled the policy of mandatory reception to be implemented.},
  author       = {Botic, Antonela},
  keyword      = {Sweden,Reception of asylum seeking unaccompanied minors,Multiple Streams,Policy process-tracing,Explaining-outcome.},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {From voluntary to mandatory reception of asylum seeking unaccompanied minors A case study of the 2014 policy change in Sweden},
  year         = {2016},
}