SAVE THE DATE: Invitation to discuss ChildMove, a ground-breaking project following unaccompanied young refugees across Europe (Brussels)

The ChildMove project represents a unique attempt to follow young refugees and migrants as they travel from Libya and Turkey to European shores and onwards, and to allow young people themselves to speak of what it means to be on the move.

Join the Migration Policy Institute Europe and Ghent University for a morning coffee and discussion of this ground-breaking study of the experiences of young refugees and migrants who have travelled across Europe, unaccompanied by their families

What ?

The impact of flight experiences on the psychological wellbeing of unaccompanied refugee minors.

Since early 2015, the media continuously confront us with images of refugee children drowning in the Mediterranean, surviving in appalling conditions in camps or walking across Europe. Within this group of fleeing children, a considerable number is travelling without parents, unaccompanied refugee minors. While the media images testify to these flight experiences and their possible huge impact on minors’ wellbeing, there has been no systematic research to fully capture these experiences, nor their mental health impact.

The ChildMove project therefore aims to fundamentally increase our knowledge of the impact of experiences during the flight, in relation to past trauma and current stressors. The project consists of a longitudinal follow-up study of a large group of unaccompanied refugee minors, whereby the study starts from different transit countries, crosses several European countries, and uses innovative methodological and mixed-methods approaches. The researchers hereby not only document the psychological impact of these flight experiences, but also the way in which care and reception structures for unaccompanied minors in transit and settlement countries can reduce this impact. 

Professor Ilse Derluyn, who leads the ChildMove project funded by the European Research Council, will present the early results of her work. Hanne Beirens, MPI Europe’s Acting Director, will then debate the implications of the research with leading EU policymakers - Valeria Setti, the European Commission Coordinator for the Rights of the Child, and Isabela Atanasiu, Legal Officer at DG HOME of the European Commission - and NGOs and practitioners active in the field, including Catherine Woollard, the Secretary General of the European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE).

To learn more about the initiative and to join the debate, please save the date!

When ? 

Tuesday, 27 November 2018

  • 10:00 - 10:30 CET registration and welcome coffee 
  • 10:30 - 12:30 CET presentation followed by the panel debate and Q&A

Where ?

Residence Palace (Passage Room), Rue de la Loi 155, Brussels 

More information ?

Information and registration on


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