Asylum Children's Conduct of Everyday Life

Sofie Vedel-Petersen, Freja Dalsten, Eva Marie Pørtner, Serwin Colak, Petar Petkovic & Dermsey Rydell Dumon

Student thesis: Bachelor project


The aim of this project is to examine and analyze how children living at the asylum centre, Center
Hviding, experience the different locations, such as the kindergarten and school, in their daily lives.
Furthermore, children’s conduct of everyday life is examined and analyzed. The focal point of the
study’s theoretical basis is the work of Ole Dreier, Klaus Holzkamp and Charlotte Højholt. To
analyze the children’s experiences of locations and conduct of everyday life, we observed and went
into dialogue with the children living at Center Hviding. To further strengthen the validity,
interviews with the professionals at the centre has been conducted using semi structured interviews.
The analysis is divided into three sections which are the locations of the children's everyday life.
These include the asylum centre, school and kindergarten. The study shows that the children
experience the locations in different ways. Based on the observations made and the statements from
the children, we conclude that several children experience the school and kindergarten as positive
arenas. The asylum center is experienced by some of the children as a temporary residence rather
than a home. However, the process and waiting time for the children’s asylum case has an impact
on their everyday life and can cause hopelessness for them. Thus, we conclude that the locations
have an impact on how asylum seekers conduct their daily lives.

EducationsBasic - Bachelor Study Programme in Humanities, (Bachelor Programme) Bachelor
Publication date28 May 2018
Number of pages55
SupervisorsCharlotte Chalmer Rasmussen