Child and Youth Migration Special Interest Group

The Children Research Network Child and Youth Migration* Special Interest Group is the newest of SIGs in the Network, established in October 2019.


-To link practitioner and researchers and develop a platform for collaboration and sharing

-To support evidence-based research through identifying gaps in knowledge and working to improve available data

-To support advocacy and lobbying for the rights of all children and youth in migration

The group is open to all members of the Children’s Research Network.
Meetings are held every two months.
New members are always welcome, please contact the Chairs for more information.

The Group is convened by two co-Chairs representing the Academic and NGO/Community sectors, reflecting the make up of members: Sarah Groarke, Independent Researcher, and Amy Stapleton, PhD Researcher, Trinity Research in Childhood Centre / School of Social Work and Social Policy, Trinity College Dublin. Contact about membership.

*The SIG understands children and young people in migration in broad terms, including (but not limited to) migrant, displaced, asylum-seeking, refugee, 1.5 / 2nd generation, and Roma, children and youth. Recognising the need to gain a greater picture on the situation of young people in all areas of: education/training, social inclusion & health & wellbeing, the SIG adopts the European Commission’s definition on youth which includes individuals up until 30 years of age following youth indicators established by the commission’s ad-hoc expert group in January 2010. Please note, to protect confidentiality and facilitate open discussion, this session will NOT be recorded. In any social media communications, participants are encouraged to speak to their own experiences and reflections on the topics under discussion, and be mindful not to mention anything that could easily identify a specific person, or organisation.

CRN Special Interest Group for Child and Youth Migration Research Bulletin Issue 1; March 2021

We are delighted to announce the publication of our first Research Bulletin. The Bulletin provides short snippets of research underway at present, key upcoming and recent events in the sector, and points to some recently published research resources. This Bulletin was compiled by SIG member, Dr Derina Johnson, with contributions from SIG members. Feel free to share among your Networks.

Read and Download the Bulletin

Child and Youth Migration Lunchtime Conversation Series: Exploring educational inclusion and supports for children and youth in migration 25th March 2021, 13:00-14:00

The CYMSIG is pleased to invite you to a discussion with researchers and practitioners working on current issues that face children and young people in migration.

In the height of what was coined the ‘refugee crisis’, there was a heightened awareness of, and much-needed attention given to, the issues that face children and young people in migration in different contexts. However, in more recent years, focus has shifted away from these issues.

This lunchtime discussion will explore the ongoing challenges faced by children and young people with a migrant background in adapting to the educational system in Ireland and measures to support their inclusion in schools. The discussion will include input from Dr. Reana Maier, IMMERSE project, University College Cork, and Dr. Ann Higgins and Áine Lyne, EDNIP project, Mary Immaculate College - projects that focus on educational integration of migrant children in Ireland.

This event represents the first of a series of online lunchtime conversations throughout 2021 which aims to create a renewed awareness of the contemporary challenges that face children and youth in migration. The conversations will tackle diverse themes and contexts providing insight from both research and practice.

Read more and Register on Eventbrite

24th Sept 2020 - Zoomed Out? Working with children and youth in migration during the COVID-19 pandemic: A discussion forum with practitioners and researchers

There are many unique aspects of working with children and young people in migration* - how are those ways of working being disrupted, challenged or facilitated during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic?

On 24th September, 2020, the CRN Special Interest Group for Child and Youth Migration (CYMSIG) brought together 27 academics and practitioners working in the field of children and youth in migration for a specially convened forum to discuss challenges, experiences and responses to working with this cohort during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The three main topics considered by the group were:

1. Challenges and changes of working with children and youth in migration in the current climate.

2. Building relationships with young people in the online and remote space.

3. Looking to the future: reflections and implications.

The session was chaired by Dr Derina Johnson, Trinity College Dublin; and the Rapporteur was Aoife Dare, Irish Refugee Council and CYMSIG Co-Chair. The other CYMSIG working group members involved in organising the event were Amy Stapleton, Diego Castillo Gonvales, and Jessica Farnan.



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