Among those who seek asylum in Sweden are children and young people who arrive in this country without an accompanying legal guardian – they are known as unaccompanied minors. Sometimes they travel to Sweden with relatives, sometimes with the aid of smugglers. Sometimes they make their way to Sweden alone and unassisted. There are unaccompanied minors who already have relatives in Sweden, and there are those who have no contact with Sweden at all. There are unaccompanied minors who bear with them terrible memories of the events they have witnessed. However, regardless of their individual circumstances, all these children and young people are vulnerable simply because they are alone in a strange country without a guardian – a guardian who can ensure that they receive all the care and protection they need.
The full report from the Swedish Board of Migration is attached.