MRU Student Conference
‘CHILD & YOUTH MIGRANTS: GLOBAL AND INTERDISCIPLINARY PERSPECTIVES’
University College London, 14 June 2014
According to a 2013 UN report, there are 232 million individuals living outside their country of origin today—approximately 35 million of these are children and young people under the age of 20. By exploring the challenges that these young people face, the tensions and frictions that exist between internationally-
At the third annual UCL Migration Research Unit Student Conference, postgraduates from across disciplines will share their research and contribute to debates in contemporary migration studies. Topics will include young migrants’ access to education and health care, their treatment by different legal regimes, and questions of identity and representation.
The conference will conclude with a talk by Carlos Saavedra, Immigrant Justice Organizer. Co-founder of the Student Immigrant Movement in Massachusetts and national coordinator for the United We Dream Network in the US, Carlos Saavedra is an activist and consultant to immigrant rights organizations.
For more information visit our blog at: http://blogs.ucl.ac.uk/ucl-migration-conference.
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8:30 – 9:15 AM Registration
9:20 – 9:40 AM Welcome
9:45 – 10:50 AM Panel I: Educational Opportunities and Challenges
Young and Misplaced: The Educational Experiences of Refugee Youth in San Diego. Amberley Middleton, London School of Economics
For Whom the School Bell Tolls: Public Education and the Rights of Migrant Children in Russia. Brianna Greenwald, Indiana University
Higher Education Aspirations for Refugee Youth in South Africa. Faith Mkwananzi, University of Free State
10:55 AM – 12:00 PM Panel II: A Young Person’s Place in Law and Policy
A Refugee Protection Process Fit for Children. Anna Skeels, Swansea University
Push back vs Protection: The plight of irregular child migrants in Thailand. Narumon Changboonmee, Monash University
Trapped and Invisible: a Study of the Violation of the Rights of Child Transmigrants in Malaysia and Mexico. Alice Krozer and Dong-Eun Lee, University of Cambridge
12:05 – 12:55 PM Lunch
1:00 – 2:05 PM Panel III: What’s in a Legal Status?
The Violated Rights of Afghan Children in Iran. Behnaz Tavakoli, Humboldt University of Berlin
Dominican or Haitian? The Effect of Anti-Haitian Discourse and State Legislation on Youth in a Former Dominican Batey. Kjersti Gurine Olsaker, University of Bergen
Return to the Country of Origin in the Best Interest of the Asylum-Seeking Child. Danielle Zevulun, University of Groningen
2:10 – 3:05 pm Panel IV: Health and Wellbeing
Young Irregular Migrants in Germany: Access to Health Care and Everyday Life in the Shadows of Society. Wiebke Bornschlegl, University Erlangen-Nuremberg
What Works for Independent Migrant Children? The Example of Local Authority Placements and their Impact on Mental Health. Aoife O’Higgins, University of Oxford
3:10 – 3:25 PM Coffee Break
3:30 – 4:25 PM Panel V: Identity and Representation
Negotiating Notions of ‘Home’ and ‘Belonging’ among Young Lithuanian Migrants in Ireland. Dovile Vildaite, Trinity College Dublin
‘Going Home’: Young Migrants’ Imagined Connections and the Reality of Transnational Homemaking. Shannon Damery, University of Liège
Time, History, and the Body: The ‘Lost Boys of Sudan’. Catherine L Crooke, University of Oxford
4:30 – 5:30 PM Keynote Address by Carlos Saavedra, DREAMer Movement activist & Organizer, Strategist, and Coach at Movement Mastery