"No matter where you live, you need to belong": Unaccompanied minor Afghan refugees' reflections and experience of identity, citizenship and integration
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Throughout the years, unaccompanied minor refugees have received increasing levels of attention in different contexts of society. In Norway, the phenomenon of immigration and integration are acknowledged as key elements at the top of the political agenda (Brekke & Mohn, 2018). This has particularly been the case in the aftermath of the European refugee crisis in 2015. There exist several opinions on how the youth are to successfully integrate, and this thesis seeks to explore the youth’s own perspectives on the matter. More specifically, the main aim is to assess how the unaccompanied minor Afghan refugees’ reflections and experiences of identity and citizenship may affect the process of integration. The data material derives from semi-structured interviews with eight unaccompanied minor Afghan refugees. The interviews were conducted in three different cities across Norway. The analyses are divided into three chapters – citizenship, identity and integration – and the findings point to the interaction between internal and external factors in the integrational process.