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Kidi’s story

Dramatisation based on interviews collected for the research project ‘Undocumented children and families in the UK’ carried out at the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS), University of Oxford. The research was funded by the Barrow Cadbury Trust. The … Continue reading

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Ahmad’s story

Dramatisation based on interviews collected for the research project ‘Undocumented children and families in the UK’ carried out at the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS), University of Oxford. The research was funded by the Barrow Cadbury Trust. The … Continue reading

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No way out, no way in: Migrant children fall through the net

An estimated 120,000 children living in the UK without legal immigration status are at risk of destitution, exploitation and social exclusion because of contradictory and frequently changing rules and regulations which jeopardise their access to healthcare, education, protection by the … Continue reading

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Hundreds of undocumented youth come out of the shadows

   “Coming out of the shadows” week is an event organised by the National Immigration Youth Alliance (NIYA) and is taking place in several cities across the United States, including Detroit, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Chicago and New York. The NIYA blog … Continue reading

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With children you need plan B, C, D, E, F

Jose lives in London with his wife and two daughters, 4 and 5 years old. Originally from Brazil, he has been in the UK for nearly a decade. The girls were born in London. Jose explains how having them has changed his life … Continue reading

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‘London, London’ – Caetano Veloso and the experience of exile

I use this song in my teaching on refugees and forced migration. I think it captures the sense of in-betweenness and saudade (a nostalgia for what is no longer there) that is so common among those who leave their country of origin. It is central … Continue reading

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New as the air blown out of the mouth

Kevin is originally from Jamaica, turning 18 soon. He has spent half of his life in England. Clotilde Giner, the UMC fieldworker, asked if he could remember when he first arrived in the UK from Jamaica. When I first came, I … Continue reading

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