FMRN Seminar: Refugee children and unaccompanied minors

When:22 May 2019, 1pm - 3pm
Venue:UNSW Sydney, Room 310 Level 3 Morven Brown
Who:Public event
Life in camp

Please join us for a panel discussion featuring Dr Andrea Verdasco, PhD graduate from the University of Copenhagen, and Nadine Liddy, National Coordinator of the Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network.

The event will be chaired by Dr Linda Bartolomei, Co-convenor of the Forced Migration Research Network.

Panellists will discuss the importance of working and conducting research with youth as a specific group, and the way in which this is different from work with children or adults. They will explore the specific protection rights and needs of children and young people, with some focus on unaccompanied minors

Andrea Verdasco, PhD, will explore the lives of young refugees who arrived in Denmark as unaccompanied minors during the so-called ‘refugee crisis’ in Europe. The focus will be on those who are close to coming of age and live in limbo in-between age and asylum- ascribed categories. She will consider how the ambivalence in discourses of refugee youth who are perceived as either vulnerable or a threat affect their sense of identity and belonging.

Nadine Liddy, National Coordinator MYAN Australia, will explore the particular policy and programming responses in Australia and globally, with reference to MYAN’s National Youth Settlement Framework and the Global Compact on Refugees. She will also consider the diversity of this population group, including the protection needs of young women.