The management of time and waiting by unaccompanied asylum-seeking girls in Finland
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AbstractThis article considers how asylum-seeking girls in residential care in Finland construct their everyday lives while waiting for asylum outcomes. These girls, from various African countries, are shown to experience waiting as both debilitating and productive. First, our findings confirm the established picture of asylum-seeking young people being in limbo, unable to influence the resolution of their claims. Second, we explore more hopeful ways in which they wait. We emphasize the complex responses and relationships they build in waiting times with each other and their carers. We suggest that waiting is not just ‘dead’ time, but is also lively in periods of uncertainty.
CitationKohli RKS, Kaukko M (2017) 'The management of time and waiting by unaccompanied asylum-seeking girls in Finland', Journal of Refugee Studies, 31 (4), pp.488-506.
PublisherOxford University Press
JournalJournal of Refugee Studies
SponsorsAcademy of Finland (SA 304146), Finnish Cultural Foundation, Mannerheim League for Child Welfare and Finnish Multidisciplinary Doctoral Training Network on Educational Sciences
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