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Table 1 Background characteristics of the study population

From: Mental health among children seeking asylum in Denmark – the effect of length of stay and number of relocations: a cross-sectional study

   Number % Average
Total number   246 -  
Sex Girl 104 42  
  Boy 142 58  
Age 4–10-year-olds 139 56 9.6 years
  11–16 year-olds 107 44  
Nationality Former Yugoslavia* 118 48  
  Iraq 67 27  
  All other countries** 61 25  
Family size 1–3 members 32 13 4.7 members
  4–8 members 214 87  
Number of parents Single parent 44 18  
  Both parents 202 82  
School Centre school 175 71  
  Community school 23 9  
  Nursery 48 20  
Length of stay 1–12 months 35 14 48.4 months
  13–91 months 211 86  
Number of relocations 0–3 number of relocations 47 19 5.6 relocations
  4–13 number of relocations 199 81  
Administrative phase of asylum application*** Phase 1 and 2 91 37  
  Phase 3 154 63  
  1. * Albania (4), Bosnia-Herzegovina (10), Yugoslavia (18), Kosovo (66), Macedonia (9), Serbia/Montenegro (10), Slovenia (1).
  2. **Afghanistan (1), Armenia (5), Azerbajdjan (1), Iran (11), Kazakhstan (1), Libya (1), Lithuania (1), Pakistan (2), Russia (8), Somalia (12), Sri Lanka (1), The state of Palestine (9), Stateless (5), Syria (2), Ukraine (1).
  3. *** Phase 1: From arrival until decision is taken whether the application can be under active consideration in Denmark according to the Dublin procedure. Phase 2: From the start of the active consideration of the asylum case until a residence permit or a final refusal of residence is given. Phase 3: After a final refusal of residence and humanitarian residence permit is given. This phase also comprises cases which are en route between the authorities as well as asylum seekers who are awaiting placement to a municipality [20].