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The article "The art of becoming 'Swedish': Immigrant youth, school careers and life plans" by Thomas Johansson and Rita Olofsson was published in the journal Ethnicities in June 2011 11:184-201.
The article "The art of choosing the right tram: Schooling, segregation and youth culture" by Thomas Johansson and Nils Hammarén was published in the journal Acta Sociologica in March 2011 54:45-59.
Isabelle is of Sino-Laotian origin. The youngest of a family of four children, Isabelle is the only one among her siblings to have been born in France and to have been given a French name. She spent her childhood in the French neighbourhood of Haut Du Lièvre, but eventually decided to leave, due to the negative impression of the neighbourhood among outsiders, to pursue her education elsewhere. She credits much of her current success as a psychologist to the diversity of her former neighbourhood. To read more about Isabelle and her family's uplifting story.
A positive review of our first book, "Inclusion and Exclusion of Young Adult Migrants in Europe: Barriers and Bridges," was published online by the Journal of Youth and Adolesence on 7 April 2010. In her book review, Anna Triandafyllidou, reveals that the book is "interesting and useful to the reader who seeks to gain a sold background knowledge on migration, migrant youth and integration issues across Europe" and that "it covers an important and wide spectrum of national experiences and policies of social inclusion and exclusion processes that migrant youth face in Europe."
King is a 24-year-old from the Dominican Republic who came to live in Barcelona two and a half years ago, after having obtained a grant to study for his master's degree in International Relations. His story emphasizes the importance of education, participation in associations and social networks, all made possible through the economic and emotional support of his transnational family. Please learn more about King.
The EUMARGINS team is pleased to announce that the final manuscript of our second book, "Young Migrants: Exclusion and Belonging in Europe," delivered to Palgrave Macmillan last month has been well-received by the publisher and is being sent into production this week.
The second EUMARGINS newsletter (April 2011, Vol. 2) includes a comprehensive overview of the project in April and highlights from the lived experience of a young adult immigrant in Spain, Suelí’s case.
Suelí’s case represents the second illustrative case from the Spanish national context. At 29 years old, Suelí's slightly older than the average EUMARGINS sample (18-25 years of age), nevertheless, she represents the conflict that many young adult immigrants face in Europe today, particularly after the 2008 financial crisis.
It is probably not a good idea to go out into the street and hold up signs displaying temperature statistics. Everyone now knows that scientistics agree that the situation is dramatic. So what do we need to do to make people appreciate the gravity of the situation? We need ideas!
The 25th Conference of the Nordic Sociological Association is to be held on 4–7 August 2011 at the University of Oslo, Norway, and is hosted by the Norwegian Sociological Association in collaboration with the Department of Sociology and Human Geography. This years's theme is Power and Participation and marks a return to a topic that has always enjoyed a central position in Nordic sociology.
On 4 April 2011, EUMARGINS Scientific Coordinator, Katrine Fangen, has been invited to be a commentator to a speech given by the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland. She will highlight some relevant findings from the EUMARGINS project.
Suelí is a 29-year-old, of Brazilian origin, who has lived in Barcelona since the age of 24. She emigrated in search of a better future, however, following the financial crisis in Spain it had become more difficult for her to save money and what she manages to gather she uses to meet her family in Brazil. Neither is she sure whether she will continue living in Barcelona, although she likes it and feels adapted to the local conditions, she has failed to establish social networks.
On 16 March 2011, Researcher Thomas Johansson of the EUMARGINS Swedish team, gave a presentation on the "Social Exclusion and Inclusion of Young Immigrants in Europe" at the Högskolan Väst, University West, in Sweden.
Welcome to the first publication of our monthly newsletter (March 2011, Vol. 1) dedicated to European conditions for the inclusion and exclusion of young adult immigrants and descendants.
The aim of this newsletter is two-fold, firstly, to keep you informed of the project developments, publications and findings and, secondly, to build awareness about the issues, including the barriers and bridges, that relate to this category of young adults in order to gather a more nuanced understanding of the problems at hand as well as their subsequent solutions.
Marc is eighteen, was born in the Philippines and moved to Spain at six years old. His story seems typical of many young immigrants growing up in Spain today, his father came first, spending three years living alone and working in order to facilitate the rest of his family's move.
Both of Marc's parents are from the Philippines yet Marc has been educated almost entirely under the Spainish system. He describes in great depth the differences he observes between the quality of education and students in public and private education. Since enrolling in a private school he has begun to construct a future for himself and recognizes the need to establish a positive friend circle.
Please read more about Marc's development in his illustrative story.
The Illuka Refugee Centre is located in the Estonian forest near the Russian border. It is isolated and difficult to reach without personal transportation.
The Centre houses several asylum seekers, some of which were interviewed in this story. There were four young men chosen for this story, three of which were from Afghanistan and one from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. They described their experiences at the Centre, the difficulties they face residing there and their feelings of exclusion, but chose not to go into detail about their journey to Estonia or about their families.
All four of them assessed Estonian asylum policy and uninamously agreed that Estonia had to redevelop it, particularly now that they are a member of the European Union and will have to expect an increase in the number of immigrants to the country.
To read more of the Illuka Refugee Centre story.
EUMARGINS research team members met last week for a two-day project meeting (February 18 and 19, 2011) in Oslo, Norway. All the research sites were represented, including Estonia, France, Italy, Spain, Norway, the UK and Sweden. The meeting took place at the Department of Sociology and Human Geography at the University of Oslo.
On 29 January 2011, EUMARGINS Scientific Coordinator, Katrine Fangen, gave a presentation on the methodology chapter from the second book of the project being published by Palgrave Macmillan.
On 12 April 2011, Researcher Vincent Ferry of the EUMARGINS French team, will give a presentation (in French) on the EUMARGINS first book "Inclusion and Exclusion of Young Adult Migrants in Europe: Barriers and Bridges," published by Ashgate at the Forum IRTS de Lorraine.
Oxana is originally from Ukraine and has lived in Estonia for six years. Similar to other immigrants in Estonia she has Estonian roots; her grandfather was Estonian. She came to Estonia to pursue a higher quality of education based on her brother's suggestion. She explains that despite moving to Estonia she has retained her Ukranian identity and enjoys being involved in the Ukranian diaspora. Learn more about Oxana's identity through her story.
Fredrik Engelstad and Hans Erik Næss discussed their new books with Thomas Hylland Eriksen at Akademika bookshop on wednesday 1st December. Neither of them would agree with the suggestion that there is a generation conflict within sociology.
Amon is twenty-two years old and was born in Uzbekistan. Several factors led Amon and his family to leave Uzbekistan when he was twelve years old. His journey to Sweden was circuitous, and, unfortunately, his immediate family still resides in France, one of the many destinations on his final route to Sweden. Initially, Amon lived on the periphery, however, through the Swedish Scout Organization, Amon has been able to reinvent himself by attending university classes and now sees himself as finally being accepted into Swedish society. Read Amon's story.
Efraim is twenty years old and was born in Iran. He arrived in Sweden eight years ago through family reunification. After facing initial difficulties adjusting to life in Sweden he has now gradually adapted to the new environment. He has begun to plan his future and aims to continue his education and become more independent. What is interesting about Efraim is that he emphasizes "the importance of becoming more Swedish" as a requirement to fit in to Swedish society and culture. Learn more about Efraim through his story.
The fourth policy brief argues that lower educational outcomes at 'minority schools' is primarily caused by socioeconomic factors. Elaborating on this premise, politicians should consequently implement desegregation policies that reduce inequality based on socioeconomic factors at the most ethnically segregated minority schools.
Ksenija represents a typical case of a successful young adult Russian living in Estonia. She has completed her higher education and is now working as a fashion designer. What is interesting about her story is that she has used her ethnic roots as a positive tool in life. Read Ksenija's story.