Publicerad 22 mars 2019

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Malmö's reception of unaccompanied children in transit 2006-2017

Malmö is a 'reception municipality', and has a responsibility to find accommodation for unaccompanied children who, after submitting an application for asylum, are waiting to be placed in a municipality.

Malmö's reception of unaccompanied children in transit 2006-2017. Source: City of Malmö

  • Just over 14 500 unaccompanied children arrived in Malmö during 2015 and found themselves in the city, in transit and awaiting allocation to a municipality.
  • Since then, the reception has been significantly less. In 2016, a total of 399 children were received and in 2017, 294 children.

The larger cities as referral municipalities for unaccompanied children

For unaccompanied children referred to the City of Malmö, the municipality is responsible for housing, care, upbringing and schooling both through the asylum process and in the event of a residence permit being granted.

 

Malmö, Stockholm and Gothenburg's reception of unaccompanied children referred to the municipalities 2013-2017. Source: The Swedish Migration Agency

  • The Swedish Migration Agency primarily takes into account whether the child has any connections to a particular municipality. If not, the referral is made to the municipality with the lowest fulfilment rate according to special distribution rules.
  • Most of the children referred to Malmö have a connection here. In 2017, 46 unaccompanied children were referred to Malmö.
  • The City of Malmö was responsible for 515 unaccompanied children in November 2017, 372 of whom already have a residence permit.

When referral is made according to special distribution rules and fulfilment rate, consideration is given to Malmö's reception of unaccompanied children in transit. In 2015, there is a big difference between the cities in regards to the number of referred children. This is due to the large number of children in transit that Malmö received that year.