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2014: Child and Youth Migrants

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          UCL MRU Student Conference 2014

                     Child & Youth Migrants:
      Global and Interdisciplinary Perspectives
                         UCL, 14 June 2014

“It is important to emphasize the positive contribution young migrants make to societies of origin, transit and destination – economically and by enriching the social and cultural fabric. Most work hard to earn a living and improve their circumstances. The remittances they send to support families in their home countries are a major contributor to economies worldwide.”

– UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon


Photo Credit: Nin SolisEileen Truax

Organising committee

Gabriella Morrone is a MSc Global Migration student at UCL. She is currently working with Centro Studi e Ricerche IDOS on a project that aims to investigate migrants’ health and safety at work in three Italian regions.

Karin Ander is an advocate for migrant rights. Before moving to London in 2013, her primary focus was on U.S. immigration  issues, specifically as it relates to detention and the Dream Act. Her research intersests include liminality, access, urban geographies, mapping and identity. Karin is currently working on her dissertation and is an active participant in the SOAS Detainee Support group.

Lauren Shaw is a research associate at the German Historical Institute, DC and works with the project ‘Transatlantic Perspectives: Europe in the Eyes of European Immigrants to the United States, 1930-1980’. Her research interests include generational difference, multilingualism, and identity.

Nancy Landa is an advocate for migrant rights and a member of Los Otros Dreamers, a growing network of young people who have been deported by the U.S. immigration system, as well as those that returned to Mexico due to stringent immigration policies. Nancy is the author of the blog MundoCitizen which explores issues of migration from a deportee’s perspective. Her research interests include Diaspora communities and return migration.

Vanessa V. Landeta is a refugee advocate working with support networks dedicated to protect and promote the welfare of refugees and asylum seekers in Europe. Currently working with SOAS Detainee Support, Holy Cross Centre Trust, and Joel Nafuma Refugee Center.



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