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Child and Youth Migrants: Global and Interdisciplinary Perspectives

Migration Research Unit Student Conference, 14th June 2014

Child and Youth Migrants: Global and Interdisciplinary Perspectives

The third annual MRU Student Conference, organised by students on the MSc Global Migration course, was held on Saturday 14th June 2014.

This year’s theme of Child and Youth Migrants attracted speakers from universities in the USA, South Africa, Germany, Belgium, Australia, the Netherlands and Ireland.

Four panels addressed issues of education, health, legal status and identity. A key issue, uniting many presentations, was the contradiction in defining ‘child migrants’ simultaneously as minors requiring legal protection, and as resourceful individuals providing family livelihoods and shaping their own futures in an uncertain world. Other issues addressed by the conference included the ethics of doing research with young people, many of whom are extremely vulnerable. Incidentally it was unusual that all thirteen presenters at a geography conference, as well as its organisers, were female!

The conference ended with a keynote from the dynamic and passionate migrant activist, Carlos Saavedra, former national co-ordinator for the United We Dream Network in the US.  Carlos recounted the story of the DREAMer movement which campaigns for educational and legal rights for young undocumented migrants in the US, many of whom came as children with their parents.

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Photos and more information about the conference will be posted soon on the student conference blog where you can also see abstracts of the papers : http://blogs.ucl.ac.uk/ucl-migration-conference/blog/#.U54RTnJdW7k


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The conference organising committee (Lauren Shaw, Karin Anders, Nancy Landa, Gabriella Morrone, Vanessa V. Landeta)


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