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Education and young migrants' 'return' mobilities 
Hannah Hoechner (University of East Anglia)
Emma Abotsi (Goldsmiths, University of London)
Joan van Geel (Maastricht University)
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Julian Study Centre 1.03
Thursday 5 September, -
Time zone: Europe/London

Short Abstract:

Transnational families perceive former and/or parental countries of origin as educationally resourceful contexts. Adopting a child- and youth-centric perspective, this panel investigates young people's North-South 'return' mobility for the purpose of education.

Long Abstract:

Transnational families conceive of former and/or parental countries of origin as educationally resourceful contexts. However, the majority of debates have concentrated on South-North mobilities and the impact of migration on education after migrant young people have settled in the Global North. Yet, the empirical reality of young migrants is often characterised by multiple mobilities back-and-forth between their 'host' and 'origin' countries. Transnational families 'send back' children in order to (re-)educate them, to accumulate transnational capital, to instil religious sensibilities, or to discipline. Children are also sent on holidays 'back home' so they become familiar with historical narratives and 'know their roots'. Migrant children and youths also independently undertake these mobilities in the context of their education. We know little about the role of these mobilities in the educational projects of migrant young people.

These mobilities are therefore also absent from our conventional conceptualisations and theorisations of the education of migrant children and youths. This is remarkable since mobility has received significant academic attention and is increasingly framed as 'enriching' the educational projects of students from the Global North. How do the mobility trajectories of migrant young people complicate existing conceptualisations of an 'enriching educational experience' and the role of education in the reproduction of particular national citizens? How do young migrants themselves perceive and experience their mobility? This panel investigates migrant youths' North-South 'return' mobility for the purpose of education. It explores youths' education in a variety of settings and mobilities of various durations from a child- and youth-centric perspective.

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Session 1 Thursday 5 September, 2019, -