VIII- Congress on International Migration- Granada, 16-18th of September 2015



 Migrant youngsters, teenagers and children: new migration actors

VIII Congress on International Migration

Granada, 16-18 September 2015


Children, teenagers and youngsters have become new migration actors. This is one of the new faces of globalization, with  a  crescent  trend  in  our century,  and  with  flows more  intense  between  States geopolitical  and  economically  linked.  Whether  between  Mexico  and  the  United  States,  between Morocco and Spain, or between Mozambique and South Africa, minors and young adults perform very diverse migratory pathways: they are migrating by their own, or accompanied by their family or, more often, badly accompanied by mafias or by trafficking rings.

During this decade, the increasing presence of children and youngsters crossing the borders has placed us on migratory paths with a high media impact and a significant influence on migration policies in a constant adaptation to these new flows. Hence, on many occasions, these young people carry out their migration  under two  conditions.  On  one  hand,  many  of them,  minors,  are  subjects who,  under international law, should have access to healthcare and education, regardless of their administrative status. And often they are also accepted into public systems of children protection until they reach adulthood. On the other hand, and in a clear contradiction to this display of rights, in Europe and North America, under security policies, many of these children and youngsters are subjects to be controlled too and, when possible, expelled.

This symposium calls for communications on young people migrating from South to North, teenagers migrating alone, children who cross borders as refugees or as asylum seekers, and unaccompanied minors who migrate badly accompanied or are exploited by adults.


•    Ainhoa Rodríguez de Cortázar (Univ. de Granada):

•    Chabier Gimeno Monterde (University of Zaragoza):

Guest speaker: Francesco Vacchiano (Instituto de Ciências Sociais, University of Lisbon).


The deadline for sending abstracts of any communication proposal ends up on November 30, 2014.

 The acceptance of communication sent will be published on December 15, 2014.

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