A Wager for Life:

Open access

Abstract

This article explores the experiences of queer children who have sought asylum alone in Norway, focussing on hope, fear and despair. The children who are denied asylum relate an experience of standing at the brink of death, while those who are granted asylum describe how the queer life they have hoped for is postponed by the settlement and integration system, where they live in isolation and in risk of violence and bullying. We analyse these experiences in light of decolonial theory in which the conditions of war and proximity to death are extended into the childrens’ lives under the custodianship of the Norwegian state. Drawing on queer theory, the wager is life as these children have known it. The potential is living beyond the coloniality of Being, in relationships and communities that provide the possibility of a meaningful life.

If the inline PDF is not rendering correctly, you can download the PDF file here.

  • Akin D 2017 ‘Queer asylum seekers: translating sexuality in Norway’ Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies vol. 43 pp. 458-474.

  • Akin D & Svendsen SHB 2018 ‘Becoming family. Orientalism homonormativity and queer asylum in Norway’ in National politics and sexuality in transregional perspective eds. A Rohde Cv Braum & S Schüler-Springorum Routledge London pp. 39-54.

  • Berg B & Tronstad KR 2015 Levekår for barn i asylsøkerfasen NTNU Samfunnsforskning Trondheim.

  • Crawley H. 2011. ‘Asexual Apolitical Beings: The Interpretation of Children’s Identities and Experiences in the UK Asylum System’. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 37 1171-1184.

  • Du Bois WEB 2007 The souls of black folk Oxford University Press New York.

  • Edelman L 2004 No Future. Queer Theory and the Death Drive Duke University Press Durham

  • Eggebø H Stubberud E & Karlstrøm H 2018 Levekår blant skeive med innvandrerbakgrunn i Norge NF-Report 9/2018.

  • Englert E 2014 ‘No gaiety here: the plight of undocumented LGBT youth in America’ Indonesian Journal of International & Comparative Law vol. 1 p. 1011.

  • Fanon F 1994 A dying colonialism Grove Press New York.

  • Foucault M 1990 The history of sexuality. Volume 1: an introduction Vintage Books New York.

  • Gartner JL 2015 ‘Incredibly queer: sexuality-based Asylum in the European Union’ in Transatlantic perspectives on diplomacy and diversity ed. A Chase Humanity in Action Press New York pp. 39-66.

  • Gustavsson A 2016 Fra handling til identitet. The Faculty of Law. University of Oslo Oslo 117.

  • Hazeldean S 2011 ‘Confounding identities: the paradox of LGBT children under asylum law’ UC Davis Law Review vol. 45 p. 373.

  • Hedlund D & Wimark T 2019 ‘Unaccompanied children claiming Asylum on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity’ Journal of Refugee Studies vol. 32 no. 2 pp. 257-277.

  • Hellesund T 2008 Identitet på liv og død Spartacus Oslo.

  • Herz M & Lalander P 2017 ‘Being alone or becoming lonely? The complexity of portraying ‘unaccompanied children’ as being alone in Sweden’ Journal of Youth Studies vol. 20 no. 8 pp. 1062-1076.

  • Lee EOJ & Brotman S 2011 ‘Identity refugeeness belonging: experiences of sexual minority refugees in Canada’ Canadian Review of Sociology/Revue canadienne de sociologie vol. 48 pp. 241-274.

  • Mackenzie C McDowell C & Pittaway E 2007 ‘Beyond ‘do no harm’: the challenge of constructing ethical relationships in refugee research’ Journal of Refugee Studies vol. 20 pp. 299-319.

  • Maldonado-Torres N 2007 ‘On the coloniality of being’ Cultural Studies vol. 21 pp. 240-270.

  • Mbembe A 2003 ‘Necropolitics’ Public Culture vol. 15 pp. 11-40.

  • Mühleisen W Røthing Å & Svendsen SHB 2012 ‘Norwegian sexualities: assimilation and exclusion in Norwegian immigration policy’ Sexualities vol. 15 pp. 139-155.

  • Munir A 2017 Aldersundersøkelse av enslige mindreårige asylsøkere Department of Social Anthropology University of Oslo Oslo.

  • Muñoz J 2009 Cruising utopia: the then and there of queer futurity NYU Press New York.

  • NOAS FO & Redd Barna 2017 En gjennomgang av midlertidig opphold til enslige mindreårige asylsøkere NOAS Report.

  • Noll G 2015 ‘Junk science? Four arguments against the radiological age assessment of unaccompanied minors seeking asylum’ SSRN. Available from: <https://ssrn.com/abstract=2546221>.

  • Øien C 2010 Underveis. En studie av enslige mindreårige asylsøkere. Fafo-Report.

  • Quijano A 2000 ‘Coloniality of power eurocentrism and Latin America’ Nepantla: Views from South vol. 1 no. 3 pp. 533-580.

  • Robinson KH & Davies C 2018 ‘A history of construction of child and youth sexualities: innocence vulnerability and the construction of the normative citizen subject’ in Youth Sexualities ed. S Talburt Preager Santa Barbara pp. 3-30.

  • Sønsterudbråten S Tyldum G & Raundalen M 2018 Et trygt sted å vente. FAFO-Report 2018: 05.

  • Sørsveen AT 2018 The ageless Department of Education and Lifelong Learning NTNU Trondheim p. 172.

  • Stubberud E & Akin D 2018 Alene og skeiv KUN-Report.

  • UDI 2018 UDI internmeldinger: Søknad om beskyttelse der det er anført frykt for forfølgelse på grunn av seksuell orientering og kjønnsidentitet. Available from: <https://www.udiregelverk.no/no/rettskilder/udi-interne-meldinger/im-2018-004/#_Toc510602449>. [Last accessed 27.09.2018].

  • UDI 2010 Utlendingsforskriften § 8-8 Begrenset oppholdstillatelse til enslige mindreårige asylsøkere over 16 år som får opphold på grunn av mangel på forsvarlig omsorg ved retur. Available from <https://www.udiregelverk.no/no/rettskilder/sentrale/utlendingsforskriften/kap8/8-8/> [Last accessed 26.09.2019]

  • Wernsjö U 2011 ‘Unaccompanied asylum-seeking children: whose perspective?’ Childhood vol. 19 no. 4 pp. 495-507.

Search
Journal information
Metrics
All Time Past Year Past 30 Days
Abstract Views 0 0 0
Full Text Views 56 56 12
PDF Downloads 59 59 19