9th Conference European Sociological Association

RN04 Sociology of Children and Childhood

2009-09-05 15:30:00 2009-09-05 17:00:00 Saturday, 5 September 15:30 - 17:00 Open Stream Building II, C6.01

Asylum-seeking Children's experiences of their social networks

Asylum-seeking Children's experiences of their social networks

My doctoral thesis will propose to address the day-to-day life of children who seek asylum in Finland together with their families in the context of Finnish refugee reception centres and schools. I shall consider the significance of family, the reception centre and preparatory education in a situation where the asylum-seeking child is trying to cope with her or his difficult condition. Another strain of the study will concentrate on the support provided by networks and the children's own experience of their lives in the midst of their asylum-seeking process - on how they reflect their present life on their past and future.

My presentation will discuss asylum-seeking children's experiences and thoughts of their social networks and relationships. I consider children?s backgrounds and their experiences how the isolation of the centres and the prejudices of other people influence in the everyday life of children. I will also discuss what their own family, relatives and the ethnic group means to the children during their asylum-seeking process and what kind of support can a refugee centre, a school, an afternoon group and friends give to the children. As a material I will use twelve ethnographic interview and field notes which are produced in one Finnish reception centre, in two preparatory school groups and in an after-school group in 2005-2006.