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Unaccompanied minor asylum seekers - feelings of belonging in educational experiences

Drawing on ethnographic research in a center for unaccompanied minor asylum seekers (UAM) in Switzerland the authors explored the educational experiences of these young refuguees.

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The results of the study show that attending internal schools should be time-bound as it can hinder the recognition of the young migrants previously acquired educational knowledge. Further, UAM attending mainstream schools experience feelings of not belonging, which seem to be caused by having the life experiences of a UAM and stereotypes about refugees and asylum seekers.

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Barbara Bitzi, Sara Landolt