The European Commission has recently published 'Social inclusion of youth on the margins of society- Policy review of research results' which is based on the results from a cluster of five youth-oriented research projects launched in 2008, including EUMARGINS.
The Science and Technology publication of the Pan European Networks has recently published a profile on the EUMARGINS based on the main research findings. The network is devoted to providing the most relevant and up to date information for the use of not only the European Commission, but all government agencies and departments across Europe. Please read the complete profile.
The Public Service Review has presented a profile on EUMARGINS in their latest issue of European Union (Issue 23). It provides an in depth overview of our project, the main publications and presents the central findings based on the most pertinent life arenas (migration, education, labour market, participation and identity) observed in the life stories of the young adult immigrants interviewed in the project. What is central is that EUMARGINS furthered the ongoing process of the development of common principles and/or EU immigration policy as well as social agenda. This has all been accomplished through the extensive qualitative research done by offering the young immigrants and descendants a platform to voice their opinions and experiences. To read the complete profile.
As part of a seminar series, 'Seminaret i vitenskapsteori,' (Seminar on the Philosophy of Science) Katrine Fangen will give a presentation at the session, 'Diagnosens yttergrenser' (The limits of the diagnosis), please view the session description below.The focus is on the understanding of accountability in relation to the trial of Anders Behring Breivik and the psychiatric evaluations performed on him.The half-day seminar takes place on 11 April 2012 from 12:00- 16:00 at the University of Oslo, Helga Engs Hus, Aud 1.
The European Commission has finalised the policy review on the 'Social inclusion of youth on the margins of society: more opportunities, better access and higher solidarity,' of which a draft was discussed at the Policy conference held in November 2011 (please read the Conference report). The policy review is based on the findings of a cluster of five research projects, including EUMARGINS, on the social inclusion of young people, financed by the Socio-Economic Sciences and Humanities Programme of the EU 7th Framework Programme.
As a keynote speaker, Associate Professor Katrine Fangen is presenting some of the EUMARGINS key research findings at a PHD-seminar at Roskilde University in Denmark on Friday 23 March. The focus will be on: How and in what respects are educating institutions (i.e. public schools) important and how are their strategies towards ethnic minority youth decisive for the inclusion and exclusion of ethnic minority youth? (agenda item #5 below). Please view the detailed program below.
On Monday 12 March, Associate Professor Katrine Fangen gave a lecture at the University College of Oslo for the SAMKUL Research Seminar. Fangen discussed transnational fieldwork using the methodological approaches of the EUMARGINS project as an example. The title of the lecture was 'Life stories and transnationality: methodological approaches.'
The EUMARGINS project has been presented in the new edition of the Socio-economic and Humanities Research for Policy News Alert Service, which features policy relevant research funded under the EU’s 6th and 7th Framework Programmes. The aim of the profile was to reveal the main research findings, particularly those that draw the attention of policy makers. In this regard they drew from the policy briefs and Europe wide policy report that the EUMARGINS project published.
Scientific Coordinator Katrine Fangen is presenting 'Experiences from the EUMARGINS project' at an internal meeting for the Equality, Inclusion and Migration research group at the Institute for Social Research on 13 December 2011 from 11:30 to 13:00. The presentation will cover all stages of the project from applying for funding to coordinating the project as well as overall research results.
As part of the seminar series 'Making Sense of Oslo' Scientific Coordinator Katrine Fangen will be making a presentation on how young immigrants and descendants from the EUMARGINS Norwegian interview sample experience different parts of Oslo and how their experiences of inclusion and exclusion are expressed geographically within the city. The talk will be held on 1 December 2011 14.15-15.00 in Auditorium 7 at Eilert Sundts Hus (University of Oslo).
On Wednesday 23 November from 10 to 12, Katrine Fangen will give a lecture at the Centre for the Study of Professions, University College of Oslo for the Qualitative Methods Forum. She will discuss the qualitative comparative framework based on the methods used in the EUMARGINS project. The title of the lecture is 'transnational and comparative dimensions of fieldwork.'
On 26 October, the Spanish research team celebrated their workshop with policy makers from the autonomous government of Catalonia and from several major cities: the session was attended by the Director General of Immigration of the Generalitat de Catalunya, the Commissioner of Immigration of the City of Barcelona, the Director of Cultural Services, Education and Sports of the Lleida City Council and the Technical of Coexistence and Migration Department of the City of Reus. In addition there where professionals and students from the field of youth and migration as well as members of the NGO community and the media. With the assistance of about 30 people, there was an atmosphere of open and frank discussion on both the approaches and results EUMARGINS project.
On 14 November from 15.15-16.00, Katrine Fangen will provide a lecture on Social Exclusion Theories ("Ekskludering-Teoretiske Perspektiver"). The event will take place at the University of Oslo, Department of Sociology and Human Geography, Harriet Holters Hus, 2nd Floor common area.
The evidence-based policy conference 'Social inclusion of youth on the margins of society: more opportunities, better access, and higher solidarity' is taking place on 17-18 November 2011 in Brussels (Madou Auditorium). The conference is organised by the DG Research and Innovation of the European Commission.
Of the EUMARGINS project, both Scientific Coordinator Katrine Fangen and Professor Les Back (UK research team) will participate and present at the conference. Professor Les Back's and Katrine Fangen's presentations are titled "The Unwanted Europeans: Young Migrants and Institutional Marginalisation" and "Young Adult Immigrants: Becoming an Active Citizen in Europe" respectively. Anne Folkvord, Deputy Director General, in the Department of Integration and Diversity at the Norwegian Ministry of Children, Equality and Social Inclusion will be participating in the policy input panel discussion on day two of the conference. The conference programme is located here.
For the purpose of disseminating their key findings and policy recommendations the Norwegian project team organised a policy workshop in Oslo on Tuesday, 27 September with a group of policy practitioners. Based on the results of the research carried out over the three-year project period the team developed a set of policy recommendations for either improving existing policy mechanisms or developed new ones within the Norwegian national context.
Some of the ministries and organisations that were represented at the workshop are: Ministry of Children, Equality and Social Inclusion, the Oslo Municipality (ie. Bydel Grorud and Enhet for Mangfold og Integrering), Equality and Anti-Discrimination Ombud, Røde kors Groruddalen (a local unity of the Red Cross) and Mangfold i Arbeidslivet (Diversity in the Workplace).
The event took place at the University of Oslo (Blindern), Harriet Holters Hus, Room 221 at 10-13.
The Projects Magazine interviewed Scientific Coordinator Katrine Fangen for a feature article on the EUMARGINS project. The article highlights some of our main findings based on our two book publications. It concludes by stating that "the overall aim of the project is to help provide a better understanding of what barriers young immigrants from around Europe meet througout their life, so that governments and other organisations can aid them more effectively in achieving their full potential." The article will not only be available in the latest printed publication of the Projects Magazine, but will also be avilable digitally on their website. To read the article.
The EUMARGINS UK Research team have organised a briefing session at the Houses of Parliament on Thursday, 6 October where they will present their policy report. As part of the briefing, they have produced a briefing paper through COMPAS (ESRC Centre on Migration, Policy and Society).
Additionally, on 7 September, they launched their national policy report: "A door to the future? The consequences for young migrants of immigration and welfare policy." The report is based on the findings from the London leg of the EUMARGINS research project. The findings relate to the case studies of young adult immigrants and descendants in London compiled in partnership with young people that speak to local and European debates. The conference programme is located here.
The EUMARGINS is pleased to announce that our final conference on the 'Inclusion and Exclusion of Young Adult Immigrants' took place on 14 September 2011 at the University of Oslo, Norway (Rådssalen, Lucy Smith Hus), 09:00-16:00.
The conference presented the results of the research carried out in the EUMARGINS project by discussing the findings from our seven national contexts and the cross-national comparison with the scientific community in Europe and worldwide. The aim was to contribute to a heightened and more nuanced knowledge of the barriers and bridges that young adult immigrants and descendants face in society.
Please view the Conference Programme.
EUMARGINS has recently been approached by the UN Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) Secretariat in New York to join their community of practitioners promoting integration practices across the world. The Alliance works with a global network of partners in four program areas: youth, media, education and migration. In the field of migration, the UNAOC and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) have jointly built an online community on the Migration and Integration: Building Inclusive Societies (IBIS) aimed at promoting practices of integration. We will be collaborating with the alliance as well as continuing to share our own findings and publications with them.
On Saturday, 9 July, Researcher Vincent Ferry organized a discussion with politicians in Lorraine, France. He presented the EUMARGINS research results based on several themes: employment, education and qualifications, identity, participation, perceptions of their neighbourhood and so forth. Following the discussion, a debate emerged among the politicians producing a selection of policy suggestions that would be brought back to the political parties they represent.
The independent filmmaker, Arnaud Codazzi, filmed the debate: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xlxyu9_eumargins-jeunes-de-banlieue-issus-de-l-immigration_news
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.
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.
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.
On 8 November 2010, EUMARGINS' researcher Professor Les Back visited Princeton University to give a talk entitled "Young Lives on the Move: Borders, Exclusion and New Hierarchies of Belonging." The discussion that followed generated excitement concerning the new ideas on exclusion and inclusion of young adult immigrants.
At the 'Youth and Social Exclusion' preparatory meeting in Brussels on November 15-16, scientific coordinator Katrine Fangen will present advancements, visions and policy recommendations of the EUMARGINS project and participate in the discussion with coordinators of similar EU-funded projects, in order to create a synergy between the projects. The meeting is lead by Project Officer in Brussels, Marc Goffarth. Kristina Kallas from the Estonian based EUMARGINS-team wil also participate at the meeting.