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International Migration Studies in Child, Youth and Family Welfare | UEF 

This course is part of the UEF Summer School and runs between 12-23 August 2019 (two weeks) at the  Kuopio campus, Finland. The course is aimed at Master’s level students in particular, but also Bachelor level students are welcome if they have a suitable background. Students completing a course will be issued an official transcript and a certificate of attendance. A full social program is part of the summer school experience!  Course fee apply to international students and registration is online.  

Course Director: Janet Carter Anand

The unprecedented migration of young political refugees from Middle Eastern to European Union countries and internal economic pressures forcing Indian rural labourers to leave their families and seek employment in large industrialised cities are two examples of changing migration trends that have caught the attention of social scientists concerned with the transnational dimensions of child and family welfare.

This course will enable students and professionals gain an interdisciplinary and critical understanding of the impact of migration on child and youth development. Current economic, political and environmental trends in migration (permanent, long term, short term, seasonal, international, internal and transnational) will be explored in relation to the needs and rights of children and young people (e.g. children left behind, forced child migrants, human trafficking, migrant youth) and families facing the greatest risk (e.g. family roles, responsibilities and structure, intergenerational relations).

A series of international case studies delivered by international academics from will provide students with a unique and realistic picture of the lived migration experiences of children and their families.

Topics covered include:

  • Factors and trends in migration and demographic change
  • Current interdisciplinary perspectives 
  • International and forced migration e.g. globalised labour markets, asylum, humanitarian programmes, human trafficking
  • Internal migration e.g. rural to urban migration
  • Human rights, culture and migration
  • Psychosocial impact of migration on child and youth development
  • Short term and long term resettlement needs of children, youth and families
  • Social integration and legislation, policy and community support models
  • International research and case examples from China, South Africa, India and Finland.

The programme is targeted to the learning needs of both students and professionals currently studying or working in the fields of social work, international aid, social development,  community and youth work, social pedagogy, sociology and migration, social integration and cultural studies.