UK failing to provide universal health coverage by charging undocumented migrant kids for healthcare, claim experts

By charging undocumented child migrants for healthcare, the UK is failing to provide universal health coverage–in contravention of the Sustainable Development Goals and its obligations under the UN convention on children’s rights–argue infectious disease and global health experts, including IRiS Deputy Director Dr Nando Sigona in an editorial published online in the Archives of Disease…

What does integration mean for today’s young migrants in Britain?

The Integration green paper places much emphasis on integrating young people in its proposals especially in relation to education. Dr Rachel Humphris and Dr Nando Sigona consider the factors that may determine success and failure of integration policy for this diverse cohort. What does integration mean for a young migrant in Britain today? To what…

Becoming adult – the song

Originally posted on Becoming adult:
Three years of conversations, encounters, laughs and sharing in many different places, ignoring borders every time it was possible to do so. The photos, words, and short clips that make this video all came together through the musical magic of the Piccola Orchestra di Tor Pignattara and the video editing…

What next for unaccompanied migrant children in the UK

To mark to the end of Becoming Adult: Conceptions of future and wellbeing among migrant young people, IRIS, Centre for Education and International Development at UCL IoE, the University of Oxford’s Refugee Studies Centre are hosting the international conference  “Constructing viable futures: Unaccompanied migrant young people transitioning to adulthood”. The event will be held on 12 December 2017, at St…

Explainer: Cameron’s u-turn on refugee children

Nando Sigona offers his views on Cameron’s u-turn on refugee children from within the EU on BBC News. In brief, Nando argues that it is a welcome development, particularly because it is the first time in the current refugee crisis the UK government is accepting refugees already in the EU. However, the details of the…

Lost in the world: former unaccompanied minors in orbit

Young people seeking safety and security are subjected to the vagaries of all kinds of ‘solutions at various national borders’. Sometimes they are taken in and sometimes they are turned away. Sometimes, as Nando Sigona and Elaine Chase (UCL) write in The Conversation, they are offered help but then deported as soon as they become…

Why are unaccompanied migrant children disappearing in the thousands?

Until the EU recognises the specific needs of child migrants and makes it a priority to swiftly reunite them with family members, Nando Sigona and Jenny Allsopp argue in an op-ed published in OpenDemocracy, many will likely continue to abscond from the reception system. The ‘disappearance’ of 10,000 migrant children after arriving in the EU…

Job vacancy on ESRC project ‘Becoming adult: Futures & wellbeing of former unaccompanied minors’

The Institute for Research into Superdiversity is seeking to recruit a Research Associate to work on a new ESRC-funded research project on the transitions to adulthood of former unaccompanied migrant minors. This ESRC-funded research is a collaboration between the School of Social Policy’s Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRiS), and the University of Oxford’s Department…

Causes and experiences of poverty among refugees and asylum seekers in the UK

From the mid-1990s onwards, policies and legislation governing the treatment of refugees and asylum-seekers have become more restrictionist in the UK. Experiences of poverty among this group have been well documented throughout this period, however, the resulting evidence base remains fragmented. Most qualitative data relates to the experiences of specific groups, for example, child asylum…