Category Archives: fieldwork experiences

Here to stay: understanding the consequences of protracted legal limbo

Having the opportunity to get feedback on the report ‘No way out, no way in: Irregular migrant children and families in the UK’ by policy makers, activists and civil servants was exciting. Baroness Hamwee, our host at the House of Lords, welcomed … Continue reading

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Launch at the House of Lords

Today we are launching the report ‘No way out, no way in: Irregular migrant children and families in the UK’ at the House of Lords, Committee Room 1 (3.30-5pm). The list of participants is an excellent balance of politicians, academics, … Continue reading

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Will the government succeed in rebranding child detention?

In response to the recent decision of the children’s charity Barnardo’s to collaborate with government in the new immigration centres for children and families awaiting deportation, Sir Al Aynsley-Green, former Children’s Commissioner, has urged in a commentary piece on Open Democracy … Continue reading

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Next stage starting soon

The collection of interviews is almost completed. A few more are scattered in the next week or so, but from today the main task becomes ‘analysis’. We have got roughly two subsets of interviews; for each of them we will … Continue reading

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Nigerian restaurant in Birmingham

After a morning spent at the British Red Cross, we went to Somaga, a Nigerian restaurant not far from New Street Rail Station for lunch. Apparently, ‘Somaga’ is the only Nigerian restaurant in town (this is what an interviewee told … Continue reading

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BIG SOCIETY… little funding

In the last few weeks we have met several support organisations and service providers.  Severe funding cuts and lack of clarity on the policy agenda for migrant children of the coalition government are a cause of great concern for front line workers. Anxiety for … Continue reading

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