Newcomers: Hope in a cold climate

published 31 October 2017 updated 13 December 2021
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The aim of this article is to describe and analyse major patterns of response from Swedish authorities and institutions towards newly arrived, asylum-seeking and refugee children during the last decade.

The term “response” refers to organised and structured actions undertaken and measures deployed by the Swedish government and its judicial and educational branches through imposing new regulations, providing support and allocating resources; by local governments and local educational authorities through providing equal education of high quality for newly arrived children and catering for their welfare and health; by other organisations, primarily teacher unions, directly or indirectly engaged in the reception and inclusion of newly arrived children and their families.