Integration of unaccompanied minors in Spain, Sweden and United Kingdom – Ekeoma Onuoha, Abrahamson

I have the pleasure to welcome you to my PhD investigation whisperer. This project is a comparative analysis of Spain, Sweden and United Kingdom. Therefore, I have selected some dates to go to other countries, but I promise to update this page every two months, thanks to information science. I am focusing on integration of unaccompanied minors in Sweden, Spain and United Kingdom.

Migration policy is one of the greatest topics of this decade, especially as it affects unaccompanied migrant minors and youths, because when people cross frontiers to enter another territory, they provoke a new relationship with their countries of origin. Some people cross frontiers to study, work and live. Others move out of their traditional homes for family reunion, poverty, war and persecution. Migration is very essential for the development of sending and receiving countries and in fact generates positive and negative impact on social, economic and political lives of individuals.

HOW I CAME INTO THIS PROJECT

It’s good to know that I undertook a two-year Master in International Migrations (MIM), from (2009 to 2011) and obtained a first class honors in my Master Thesis at the University of Valencia, Spain. I focused on comparative studies relating to “Reception and integration of unaccompanied minors in Sweden and United Kingdom”. After a two-year Master, I realized that there is no field work about the daily lives of unaccompanied minors. Therefore, I decided to deepen our knowledge about their migration experience because many believe that the state has no reason to block borders or control migration and rights because “man is born free and has the right to choose where he lives” (Messina, & Lahav, 2006 p. 54). I thereby started my PhD project which terminates in 2015.

MY EXPERIENCES IN THIS AREA

See the file attached.

Quo Vadis!

In this Phd study of Unaccompanied migrant minors (UMM) many authors agreed that they constitute a vulnerable group of migrants defined in article one of the United Nation Convention on the Rights of the Child, (1989) as: “A person who is under the age of 18… is separated from both parents, and is not with and being cared for by a guardian or adult who, by law or custom, is responsible to do so”.

For this reason I adopted a multidisciplinary approach in order to inquire into the circumstances of their migration experiences leads to retaining or removing `them´as (thorns) from the king’s vineyard. By removing `them´ (thorns) from the vineyard, this same vineyard becomes the manufacturer of chaffs, which is today denominated “undocumented migrants”.

The idea central is to create awareness of the positive and negative impact of social work and vulnerability of the child during and after reception, asylum and integration process.  This doctoral thesis has the aim of contributing to the debate in social work, social security and human rights protection of unaccompanied minors. Because of the enormous interest generated by this research in academic and social community, I have constructed a structured questionnaire supervised by Professor Hector Monterde, Professor Dolores, Professor Juan M. Perez  at University of Valencia and Professor J. Alwall of the University of Malmo. In order to generate a scientifically measurable result, this PhD questionnaire is divided into 12 departments and questions structured in social science scales and adapted to EU integration policy assessment standard.

During my previous researches, I encountered barriers to accessing services experienced by unaccompanied minors eg: age disputes, lack of support, perception, misunderstanding and knowledge of asylum process and entitlements available Ahsan S. (2011). Furthermore, I have to examine the consequences of deportation, denial and detention through the questionnaires as observed by Martin and Hutchinson (2006); Groark, et al. (2010) who confirmed that social workers should reconsider the difficulties faced by unaccompanied minors and youths.

Follow me live to make this world a better place to live.

Please contact me at my address if you want to whisper something.


Ekeoma Onuoha, Abrahamson (Doctoral candidate). Doctoral investigation in “HUMAN MOBILITY”
Psychonomy Research Unit, Dept. of Methodology, Behavioural Sciences, Avda. Blasco Ibanyez, 21, E-46010, Faculty of Psychology, University of Valencia, Spain

(Contact: for Spain Tel: +34 631870822. For Sweden 0046 769610967; Email: keson55@gmail.com)

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