• Sofie Aggerbo Johansen
  • Anne Kathrine Errebo-Jensen
  • Maria Ibæk Jørgensen
4. semester, Socialt Arbejde, Kandidat (Kandidatuddannelse)
This master thesis is a qualitative research study about the integration of unaccompanied minor refugees in a residential institution in Denmark. The master thesis wishes to answer the following problem statement: How can a placement in a residential institution contribute to the integration of unaccompanied minor refugees into Danish society? We apply principles from Philosophical Hermeneutics as our theory of science, which is characterized as an understanding and interpretive social science and therefore are applicable to illustrate the perspectives of both the professional personnel working at the residential institutions and the unaccompanied minor refugees. The study is based on 15 interviews with key individuals from two residential institutions. By a qualitative analysis of the 15 interviews and by using, among others, the theory and definition of integration by Birgit Rahbek Pedersen & Tove Skutnabb-Kangas, it has been possible to reveal how the professionals at various levels perceive and work with integration and how the unaccompanied minor refugees understand their own existence and integration in Denmark. Based on our research and analysis, we have concluded that the placement at a residential institution can contribute to the integration process of the unaccompanied minor refugees, where they can learn the necessary skills to act in society such as learning the language and learning about Danish culture, norms and values, but because of the short-term perspective, it is not possible for the personnel to continue working with the process. In addition, we found that there is a number of areas beyond the scope of the personnel’s current role, which can have serious consequences for the opportunities of the unaccompanied minor refugees to integrate, such as their mental health, racist behavior by the majority population and the opportunities for them to get family reunification. The above has helped provide insight into the work on the integration of unaccompanied minors refugees. The study has been based on a specific context of two residential institutions and describes the unique experiences of the informants. The results cannot say anything in general about unaccompanied minor refugees' integration, but we estimate that this knowledge may be valuable in other contexts, as some of our results are comparable to previous research.
Udgivelsesdato1 aug. 2017
Antal sider116
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