VELUX FONDEN has granted DKK 2.6 million for a project for unaccompanied refugee children

Roskilde municipality will run a project with foster families to find and test new models to help the growing number of refugees coming to Denmark without their parents.

In Denmark, there is no tradition for foster care for refugee children, and therefore no method or concept for how it can be done. The project will examine whether foster care can help the refugees to a better and easier integration into the Danish society and ensure them a network. The model is to be used throughout all of Denmark, if the results turn out to be promising.

The project is a cooperation between Roskilde Municipality, Danish Red Cross, University College Sjælland (UCSJ) and the Danish Immigration Service.

VELUX FONDEN hopes that the grant will help promote the development of a concept for placing the unaccompanied minor refugees in foster families or with close relatives to give the children get a good start in Denmark.

Mayor of Roskilde Municipality Joy Mogensen is grateful for the grant and see great potential in the project:

"I would like to say a big thank you to VELUX FONDEN. In Roskilde, we are very good at welcoming and taking care of unaccompanied refugee children, but we must constantly improve. Right now, there is a growing number of refugee children coming to Denmark and the municipalities. We therefore need to find new methods that will integrate them quickly into our society. Our foster families will therefore play a crucial role”.

All unaccompanied refugee children and young people who have come to Roskilde Municipality are enrolled in education or have a job according to a statement from October 2015. A total of 74 children and adolescents aged 12-23 years came to Roskilde Municipality from 2010 to 2015.

According to the newsletter Momentum, the number of refugee children who come to Denmark, have more than tripled in just two years. Children now represent 44 percent of all refugees compared to 29 percent two years ago.
10 percent of this group is unaccompanied refugee children primarily between 13 and 17 years.

Further information:
Mayor Joy Mogensen, Roskilde Municipality via press officer Michael Dahl Nielsen +45 51 52 36 51