Policy Press

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Youth Migration and the Politics of Wellbeing

Stories of Life in Transition

By Elaine Chase and Jennifer Allsopp

Published

18 Nov 2020

Page count

278 pages

ISBN

978-1529209037

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

18 Nov 2020

Page count

278 pages

ISBN

978-1529209020

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

18 Nov 2020

Page count

278 pages

ISBN

978-1529209075

Dimensions

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

18 Nov 2020

Page count

278 pages

ISBN

978-1529209075

Dimensions

Imprint

Bristol University Press
Youth Migration and the Politics of Wellbeing

This book examines the factors affecting the health and wellbeing of young people as they transition to adulthood under the shadow of migration control. Drawing on unique longitudinal data, it illuminates how they conceptualize wellbeing for themselves and others in contexts of prolonged and politically induced uncertainty.

The authors offer an in-depth analysis of the experiences of over one hundred unaccompanied young migrants, primarily from Afghanistan, Albania and Eritrea. They show the lengths these young people will go to in pursuit of safety, security and the futures they aspire to.

Interdisciplinary in nature, the book champions a new political economy analysis of wellbeing in the context of migration and demonstrates the urgent need for policy reform.

“One of the most powerful and important books you will read. An essential text for anyone interested in migration and the human rights of young people.” Felicity Thomas, University of Exeter

“This book offers a profound analysis of the concept of wellbeing for migrant youths, especially how they are affected by politics-driven public policies. It makes their voices – about their hurdles, strengths, fears and hopes – loud and clear.” François Crépeau, McGill University

“A perceptive and nuanced study of the circumstances of unaccompanied child migrants in England and in Italy. The authors provide a powerful case for radical rethinking of current approaches to the protection of children.” Jacqueline Bhabha, Harvard Law School

Elaine Chase is Associate Professor in Education, Health and International Development at UCL Institute of Education.

Jennifer Allsopp is Postdoctoral Fellow in International Migration at Harvard Graduate School of Education and Coordinator of the Immigration Initiative at Harvard University.

Introduction

Conceptualizing Wellbeing in the Context of Migration and Youth Transitions

Capturing Wellbeing in Transition: An Alternative Approach

‘Iron Rod’ or ‘Colander’? Welfare Regimes in England and Italy

The Pursuit of Safety and Freedom

Legal Integrity and Recognition

Identity and Belonging

Constructing Viable Futures as ‘Adults’

Emotional and Mental Wellbeing

Friendships, Connections and Relationships

Transnational Family and Connections

Conclusion