Everyday choices, meaningful activities and reliable adults. Diverse paths to empowerment of unaccompanied asylum-seeking girls

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This article discusses the participation and empowerment of unaccompanied minors, especially girls, in two residential units for children run by a Finnish reception center. The article explores the special conditions for participation and empowerment for children and adolescents who seek asylum without their parents. Further, it demonstrates how participatory action research could be used to find suitable, culturally sensitive techniques to enhance participation in decision-making by unaccompanied asylum seeker children.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEmpowering Social Work
Subtitle of host publicationResearch and Practice
EditorsMaritta Törrönen, Olga Borodkina, Valentina Samoylova, Eveliina Heino
Place of PublicationHelsinki Finland
PublisherUniversity of Helsinki
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9789521090592
ISBN (Print)9789521090585
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Empowerment
  • Asylum seekers
  • unaccompanied minors
  • Action research

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