Solitary child refugees

The Municipality of Sollefteå also receives children and teenagers below the age of 18 who come to Sweden without any legal guardian. These are called solitary child refugees (ensamkommande flyktingbarn).

These live in group housing, support apartments or in family homes, and attend Valla School or Gudlav Bilder School in Sollefteå town.

All children and teenagers who come to Sollefteå to seek asylum are entitled to a legal representative who helps them through the process. The Migration Board investigates whether or not these children and teenagers have sufficient reason to stay in Sweden.

Those with permanent residence permits may stay in Sweden. If an application is denied, the decision can be appealed.

The Municipality of Sollefteå ensures that all solitary child refugees are given a guardian ad litem or a specially appointed guardian to help with financial matters, legal documents, personal care and other matters.

At 18 years of age, a person is considered an adult in Swedish law. However, if needed, it is possible to continue to get this type of support even after turning 18.

Publicerad: 2012-07-02