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Barn i rättens gränsland.: Om barnperspektiv vid prövning om uppehållstillstånd.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Law.
2007 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study is to highlight problems regarding the status of children in determining the granting of residence permits. Central to the study are the rules contained in the Swedish Aliens Act (2005:716) about hearing children in the course of proceedings and the child’s best interests. The rules are based on Articles 3 and 12 respectively, in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). They were introduced into the Swedish legislation in 1997, after an intense debate questioning whether Sweden was meeting its obligations under the Convention. The application in aliens matters has, however, continued to be criticized after the revision of 1997, especially in matters concerning children. In 2006 a new Aliens Act came into force, involving a shift in the handling of such matters from administrative authorities and the Government to a system where appeals are tried in administrative courts. The legislation also involves comprehensive changes concerning the material legislation. The question has been raised, however, as to whether these changes have had any vital impact concerning the general construction of the material regulation.

The apparent gap between the legislator’s intentions and the application of the law raises questions about the limitations of law and how the spirit and intentions of the CRC have been implemented in the Aliens Act, and, in view of this, the limits of law. The study involves an analysis of the fundamental premises that the legislation and application rest on, the general provisions of the proceedings and the technical formulation and also the material content of these rules. There is also an analysis of the impact and function of the legislation in practical applications. The conclusion is that the legislation allows extensive scope for assessing the circumstances in each case. This is the case, particularly in matters concerning children. Nevertheless, in practical applications, children often become irrelevant; children are simply not the real focus of the laws that affect them.

Key words: Children’s rights, residence permit, asylum, immigration, equality, feminist perspectives.

Eva Nilsson, Juridiska institutionen, Umeå universitet, 901 87 Umeå.

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Umeå: Juridik , 2007. , 295 p.
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Children’s rights, residence permit, asylum, immigration, equality, feminist perspectives
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-1090ISBN: 978-91-7678-657-4OAI: diva2:140158
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2007-05-16, Hörsal G, Humanisthuset, Umeå, 10:00 (English)
Available from: 2007-04-23 Created: 2007-04-23 Last updated: 2009-03-11Bibliographically approved

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