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War Children, Evacuations, and State Politics in Europe during WWII: A local case of sick Finnish war children in Sweden
Linköping University, The Tema Institute, Department of Child Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1833-5506
2015 (English)In: Conflict, violence, and peace / [ed] Christopher Harker,Kathrin Hörschelmann,Tracey Skelton, Singapore: Springer Science+Business Media B.V., 2015, 1-21 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In Europe during World War II, evacuations of children without parents from war zones and war-affected areas were common. Evacuations required administration and extensive logistics, and financial resources had to be obtained. Governments and government agencies were involved but their political aims and motivations differed. The following chapter examines the evacuation of Finnish war children to Sweden during World War II. It focuses on the sick Finnish war children whose evacuation and medical care in Sweden became a concern of the Swedish state. Based on an analysis of medical records, the construction of children and the state’s role in the evacuations is discussed. A historical perspective on evacuations of war children during WWII offers an opportunity to reflect on the current situation of unaccompanied refugee children and their arrival to European countries today.

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Singapore: Springer Science+Business Media B.V., 2015. 1-21 p.
, Geographies of children and young people, 11
Keyword [en]
Europe, child evacuation in – Finnish war children, evacuation of – France, child evacuation in – Germany, child evacuation in – Great Britain, child evacuation in – Soviet Union, child evacuation in – War child – Europe, evacuation in – Finnish war children – France, evacuation in – Germany, evacuation in – Great Britain, evacuation in – Soviet Union, evacuation in – World War Two – Child evacuation in Europe
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-127108DOI: 10.1007/978-981-4585-98-9_19-1ISBN: 978-981-4585-98-9OAI: diva2:919532
Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare
Available from: 2016-04-14 Created: 2016-04-14 Last updated: 2016-04-28

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