Article series Young People in Reception Centres have now been translated into English

Since 2014, Europe has seen a sharp rise in the number of asylum seekers from the Middle East, Africa and East Asia. According to Eurostat estimates, there were approximately 1 820 000 refugees in Europe in 2014-2015. The annual number of refugees arriving in Finland in the 21st Century has been roughly a few thousand, with 2015 proving an exception when over 32 000 refugees arrived in Finland. As with migration globally, migration affects mostly children and young people. Over 80% of the refugees arriving in Finland in 2015 were under the age of 35.

Despite this, global migration is rarely looked at from the youth policy and youth studies perspective. This was also the case during the migration crisis in Europe. The public discourse seemed to focus primarily on concern within the general public and issues of confrontation. These overshadowed questions about the lives of these young people and the transitions they are going through, as well as justice across generations and the individual's legal right to safety.

The need to understand these issues was the premise for this series, published under the Finnish Youth Research Network series called Näkökulma (meaning the point of view in Finnish). In these articles we hear about the first-hand experiences of young asylum seekers in their first months in Finland as well as of the professionals working with them. The researchers and the professionals hoped to diversify public discourse on asylum seekers and highlight the voices of the asylum seekers themselves.

The articles emerged from the volunteer and research scheme run by the Finnish Youth Research Network, Save the Children and the State Youth Council and under which a team of researchers participated in the activities of one accommodation unit in the Helsinki Metropolitan area in the first half of 2016. Veronika Honkasalo, Karim Maiche, Henri Onodera, Marja Peltola and Leena Suurpää were part of the team. A number of other researchers and professionals working with asylum seekers in other parts of Finland also contributed to the articles. The series is composed of a prologue, 14 research articles as well as a set of measures to improve everyday life for young asylum seekers. The series focuses on the experiences of those asylum seekers who have arrived in Finland unaccompanied or who are minors as well as of the professionals working with them. These experiences are looked at from a number of different angles. The series includes articles on the young asylum seekers' everyday lives and the building up of social relationships, the challenges caused by traumatic events for their mental health as well as the legal and psychological challenges related to their hearings.

The original articles were published in October-December 2016. The Finnish-language articles have now been translated into English and are available in a free online publication. A compilation of the Finnish-language articles is available both online and in print.

Young People in Reception Centres
Veronika Honkasalo, Karim Maiche, Henri Onodera, Marja Peltola & Leena Suurpää (eds.)

Finnish Youth Research Society, Finnish Youth Research Network, Internet publications 121, 2017, ISBN 978-952-7175-43-9, ISSN 1799-9227, 85 pages

Nuorten turvapaikanhakijoiden elämää vastaanottovaiheessa (in Finnish)
Veronika Honkasalo, Karim Maiche, Henri Onodera, Marja Peltola & Leena Suurpää (toim.)

ISBN 978-952-7175-41-5 (nid.), ISBN (PDF) 978-952-7175-42-2, 2017, 84 s., 14 euroa.
Julkaisuja (Nuorisotutkimusseura) ISSN 1799-9219, nro 195, sarja: Liike
Verkkojulkaisuja (Nuorisotutkimusseura) ISSN 1799-9227, nro 120, sarja: Liike

The online publications can be downloaded free of charge by clicking the links above. The Finnish language publication can be ordered in a print version from our online shop (only in Finnish).

For more infomation

Doc.Soc.Sc, postdoctoral researcher Veronika Honkasalo
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Doc.Soc.Sc, postdoctoral researcher Marja Peltola
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