Drug use and criminality among unaccompanied refugee minors : a review of the literature

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Title Drug use and criminality among unaccompanied refugee minors : a review of the literature
Author Ivert, Anna-Karin ; Magnusson, Mia-Maria
Date 2019
English abstract
Purpose – Organisations working with children have acknowledged that unaccompanied refugee minors (URM) across Europe are exposed to environments and situations that put them at risk for becoming addicted to drugs or becoming involved in crime. The purpose of this paper is to study an examination of existing international research concerning URM and of whether, and if so how, issues relating to drug use and criminality among these children are discussed in the international literature. Design/methodology/approach – A literature review was conducted using PsycINFO, PubMed, Sociological abstracts and ERIC databases, which together cover the social and behavioural science and also medicine. Findings – Findings from the present review show that the issues of drug abuse and criminality among URM are rarely acknowledged in the international research literature. When the occurrence of substance abuse and/or criminality is discussed, it is often in relation to mental health problems and in terms of self-medication, i.e. that alcohol or drugs are used by the URM to cope with painful experiences or mental health problems, and also with the challenges of integrating into a new society, difficulties finding work, unsuitable living conditions and a lack of social support. Originality/value – This review shows that several researchers have emphasised that untreated mental health problems, stressful living conditions and a lack of support and control might put these children at risk for substance abuse and criminality, and this suggests a need for further research in this area.
DOI https://doi.org/10.1108/IJMHSC-05-2019-0050 (link to publisher's fulltext.)
Link https://doi.org/10.1108/IJMHSC-05-2019-0050 .Icon
Publisher Emerald
Host/Issue International Journal of Migration, Health and Social Care;
ISSN 1747-9894
Language eng (iso)
Subject Review
Drug use
Criminality
Unaccompanied refugee minors
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
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