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Children's Rights to Asylum in the Swedish Migration Court of Appeal
Linköping University, Department of Thematic Studies, Department of Child Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3446-9723
2017 (English)In: International Journal of Children's Rights, ISSN 0927-5568, Vol. 25, no 1, 85-113 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Children’s rights to asylum have led to political controversies in a number of countries in recent years. This article focuses on the translation of nearly universally recognised children’s rights principles into a domestic practice of immigration control, and explores how legal norms regarding children’s rights to asylum have developed in the Swedish Migration Court of Appeal 2006–2013. Court decisions are analysed with a focus on the meanings given to the best interests of the child, how this is given weight against state interests of immigration control, and how children’s interests are given normative force. It is only in a small minority of cases in which the Best Interests Principle (BIP) in fact does have a decisive normative force in granting residence permits and the meanings and use of children’s interests in court argument makes evident that the BIP enables both the granting and denial of residence permits. The BIP is doing normative work in double directions.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Brill Nijhoff, 2017. Vol. 25, no 1, 85-113 p.
Keyword [en]
children’s rights; law; decision-making; migration; best interests of the child; Migration Court of Appeal; asylum
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-139972DOI: 10.1163/15718182-02501009OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-139972DiVA: diva2:1135447
Available from: 2017-08-23 Created: 2017-08-23 Last updated: 2017-08-28Bibliographically 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. 90 p.
Series
Linköping Studies in Arts and Science, ISSN 0282-9800 ; 706
Keyword
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 Globalization Studies) Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-133238 (URN)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: 2017-08-28Bibliographically approved

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