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: Aoife Dare, Youth Worker, Irish Refugee Council, and Amy Stapleton, PhD Researcher, Trinity Research in Childhood Centre / School of Social Work and Social Policy, Trinity College Dublin. The Chairs are supported by the Research Coordinator of the Children’s Research Network. 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.

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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