Special Issue "Social Inclusion of Children, Youth and Families from Refugee and Migrant Backgrounds"

A special issue of Social Sciences (ISSN 2076-0760). This special issue belongs to the section "International Migration".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2024 | Viewed by 174

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Maria Manuela Mendes
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Guest Editor
1. ISCSP, Universidade de Lisboa, 1300-663 Lisboa, Portugal
2. Centro de Investigação e Estudos de Sociologia do Iscte-Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (CIES-Iscte), 1649-026 Lisboa, Portugal
Interests: Ciganos/Roma; immigration; diversity and urban space; architecture, poverty and social exclusion; local development and social and housing policies
Dr. Alina Esteves
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Guest Editor
Centro de Estudos Geográficos do Instituto de Geografia e Ordenamento do Território, Universidade de Lisboa (CEG-IGOT, ULisboa), Rua Branca Edmée Marques, 1600-276 Lisboa, Portugal
Interests: international migration; integration; social exclusion; housing

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The aim of this call is to raise awareness of new perspectives for intervention, as well as new methodological and theoretical challenges, in the face of the growing volume and diversification of the types and origins of migrant and refugee families, as well as children and young people, particularly those who are unaccompanied in the countries they move to. Often, children and young people move alone or have been separated from their families, becoming the target of racism and xenophobia and going through traumatic experiences.

We are aware that the situation of refugee children and young people is different from that of immigrant families. The former are more vulnerable and need additional support services, and schools has key role to play in creating supportive and welcoming spaces for children and young people, but also for parents and family members.

This issue invites authors from different disciplines (sociology, geography, anthropology, and educational sciences, among others) who portray different realities, as well as reception contexts and legislative frameworks, mobilizing plural theoretical perspectives and diverse and innovative methodologies. It is also important to understand the role of gender and generations in the dynamics of mobility and settling in the new country and the impact of experienced situations on the life opportunities of migrant and refugee children and young people. This Special Issue welcomes studies that seek to give a voice to children and young people in a global socio-political context of affirmation of children's rights, with particular emphasis on the Convention on the Rights of the Child and youth studies.

Dr. Maria Manuela Mendes
Dr. Alina Esteves
Guest Editors

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  • social inclusion
  • migrants
  • refugees
  • children
  • youth

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