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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

224 pages

ISBN

978-1529209037

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

18 Nov 2020

Page count

224 pages

ISBN

978-1529209020

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

18 Nov 2020

Page count

224 pages

ISBN

978-1529209075

Dimensions

Imprint

Bristol University Press
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    Youth Migration and the Politics of Wellbeing

    This book examines the factors affecting young people’s health and wellbeing as they transition to adulthood under the shadow of migration control. Drawing on unique longitudinal data, it illuminates how they conceptualise 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 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.

    Elaine Chase is Associate Professor in Education, Health and International Development at University College London 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

    Conceptualising 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