Taking a multi-disciplinary perspective, and one grounded in human rights, Unaccompanied young migrants explores in depth the journeys migrant youth take through the UK legal and care systems.
Arriving with little agency, what becomes of these children as they grow and assume new roles and identities, only to risk losing legal protection as they reach eighteen?
Through international studies and crucially the voices of the young migrants themselves, the book examines the narratives they present, and the frameworks of culture and legislation in to which they are placed. Challenging existing policy, it questions, from a social justice perspective, what the treatment of this group tells us about our systems and the cultural presuppositions on which they depend.
Sue Clayton has directed two films on child asylum: Hamedullah: The Road Home (2013) and Calais Children: A Case to Answer (2017), both have been submitted in asylum and High Court appeal cases. She is Professor of Film at Goldsmiths University of London and consultant producer for ITV and Channel 4 News.
Anna Gupta is a Professor of Social Work at Royal Holloway, University of London. Anna has undertaken research and published articles on a range of subjects linked to child care and protection practice. Her particular interests include work in the family courts, poverty and social work, and practice with Black and minority ethnic children and families.
Katie Willis is Professor of Human Geography at Royal Holloway, University of London. Her research focuses on migration, gender and development, with particular interests in transnational families and the role of migration in reproducing or challenging social inequality.
Foreword ~ Lord Alf Dubs;
Introduction ~ Sue Clayton, Anna Gupta & Katie Willis;
SECTION 1: FRAMING THE YOUTH MIGRATION DEBATE;
Migration regimes and border controls: The crisis in Europe ~ Katie Willis and Sue Clayton;
Dilemmas and conflicts in the legal system ~ Sheona York and Richard Warren;
Caring for and about unaccompanied migrant youth ~ Anna Gupta;
SECTION 2 EXPLORING MIGRANT YOUTH IDENTITIES;
Preface: Voices of separated migrant youth ~ Sue Clayton;
Narrating the young migrant journey: Themes of self-representation ~ Sue Clayton;
From vulnerability to resistance: Responding to the emotional impact of trauma on unaccompanied children seeking asylum ~ Gillian Hughes;
Spaces of belonging and social care ~ Louise Drammeh;
'Durable solutions’ when turning 18 ~ Lucy Williams;
SECTION 3: INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVES;
A relational approach to unaccompanied minor migration, detention, and protection in Mexico and the US ~ Mario Bruzzone and Enrique González Ariza;
Unaccompanied migrant youth in the Nordic countries ~ Hilde Lidén;
Life (forever) on hold: Unaccompanied asylum seeking minors in Australia ~ Kim Robinson and Sandra M Gifford;
Conclusions ~ Sue Clayton, Anna Gupta & Katie Willis.