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'We beg you, let them stay!': Right claims of asylum-seeking children as a socio-political practice
Linköping University, Department of Thematic Studies, Department of Child Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2017 (English)In: Childhood, ISSN 0907-5682, E-ISSN 1461-7013, Vol. 24, no 3, p. 316-332Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Children’s rights to asylum have emerged as an urgent political challenge. This article uses a number of cases discussed in Sweden’s largest morning paper to analyse claims of asylum-seeking children and how these claims challenge the normative limits of contemporary asylum, concerning what and who ought to be recognized by law. Even though the universality of the child constitutes a running theme, the arguments and the conception of children underpinning the claims are diverse. The article suggests that the claiming of rights as a socio-political practice could be a vital analytical approach to studying children’s rights and offers a much needed alternative to the dominant mainstreaming paradigm.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Sage Publications, 2017. Vol. 24, no 3, p. 316-332
Keywords [en]
Asylum, children’s rights, citizenship, deportation, mainstreaming, right claims, socio-political practice
National Category
International Migration and Ethnic Relations Ethics Media Studies Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-133237DOI: 10.1177/0907568216674785ISI: 000407128200004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-133237DiVA, id: diva2:1056777
Available from: 2016-12-15 Created: 2016-12-15 Last updated: 2018-01-13Bibliographically approved
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1. Children at the Borders
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2016 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Alternative title[sv]
Barn vid gränserna
Abstract [en]

In the wake of a steady flow of child migrants attempting to cross borders and states’ efforts to restrict immigration, various public controversies have arisen about the rights of asylum-seeking children. The ‘moral gap’ between the outcome of democratically enacted laws and the aim of controlling immigration, on the one hand, and public calls to protect the universal rights of asylum seeking children, on the other, have created a political challenge for Western democracies. This thesis sets out to examine two particular settings in which norms about the rights of asylum-seeking children and immigration control have been established and contested over the years: the Swedish Migration Court of Appeal and Sweden’s largest morning paper, Dagens Nyheter. It combines empirically oriented analysis with theoretical enquiry, and it brings the issue of the rights of asylumseeking children into dialogue with the contemporary political-philosophical debate about membership, rights and borders.

Abstract [sv]

I kölvattnet av en stadig ström av barn som migrerar över statsgränser har medial rapportering, protester och offentliga diskussioner aktualiserat frågor om asylsökande barns rättigheter. Det ”moraliska glappet” mellan tillämpningen av demokratiskt stiftade lagar i syfte att reglera invandringen,å ena sidan, och offentliga krav på att skydda universella rättigheter för asylsökande barn, å andra sidan, har växt fram som en samtida utmaning för demokratiska stater att hantera. I denna avhandling undersöks två specifika arenor där normer om asylsökande barns rättigheter och immigrationskontroll har etablerats och ifrågasatts under de senaste åren; den svenska Migrationsöverdomstolen och Sveriges största morgontidning, Dagens Nyheter. Avhandlingen kombinerar empiriska analyser med teoretiska undersökningar om asylsökande barns rättigheter i dialog med en samtida politisk filosofisk diskussion om medlemskap, rättigheter och gränser.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press, 2016. p. 90
Series
Linköping Studies in Arts and Sciences, ISSN 0282-9800 ; 706
Keywords
Children, Asylum, children’s rights, citizenship, right claims, socio-political practice, borders, migration, Barn, asyl, barns rättigheter, medborgarskap, rättighetsanspråk, socio-politisk praktik, gränser, migration
National Category
International Migration and Ethnic Relations Ethics Philosophy Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies) Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-133238 (URN)10.3384/diss.diva-133238 (DOI)9789176856024 (ISBN)
Public defence
2017-01-20, TEMCAS, Hus Tema, Campus Valla, Linköping, 13:15 (Swedish)
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Available from: 2016-12-15 Created: 2016-12-15 Last updated: 2019-11-04Bibliographically approved

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