Between insecurity and hope - Reflections on youth work with young refugees (2019)
Youth work can offer a space for young refugees to express themselves and participate in society.
This Youth Knowledge book presents theoretical references and reflections on the experiences of young refugees and the way they reconcile personal hope with the tensions within their host societies. It also explores learning from practices and their theoretical underpinnings concerning the role of youth work in a cross-sectoral approach. This book aims to be a reference for policy makers, practitioners and researchers in the youth field and stakeholders from other sectors working on inclusion, access to rights and the participation of young refugees.
All the contributors propose a very critical engagement with the reality of young refugees in today’s Europe, where tolerance levels for negative phenomena, such as human rights violations, hate speech and discrimination, are on the rise. However, there is also an underlying message of hope for those willing to engage in a human rights-based youth work practice that ensures safe spaces for being young, no matter who, no matter where. Practices and reflections deal with democracy, activism, participation, formal and non-formal education and learning, employment, trauma, “waitinghood” and negotiating identities.
We hope this book as a whole, and each individual contribution, will inspire youth policy makers and practitioners to take on board the complex realities of unfinished transitions and borderland experiences and create a positive environment for an enriched and transformed youth work for the inclusion of young refugees in their host communities.
PREFACE – YOUTH WORK WITH YOUNG REFUGEES – AN ENRICHING TRANSFORMATION AND ONGOING TRANSITION
INTRODUCTION – SETTING THE CONTEXT: SOME CRITICAL REFLECTIONS AND THE CONTRIBUTIONS
CHAPTER 1 – YOUNG REFUGEES, YOUTH WORK AND A CALL FOR POLITICAL ENERGY: NOTES FROM AN UNFUNDED ETHNOGRAPHIC STUDY
Daniel Briggs and Rebeca Cordero Verdugo
CHAPTER 2 – THE ROLE OF YOUTH WORK IN WORKING WITH TRAUMA OF YOUNG REFUGEES
CHAPTER 3 – ANKOMMEN_WEITERKOMMEN: IMPRESSIONS AND REFLECTIONS ON WORKING WITH YOUNG ASYLUM SEEKERS IN KARLSRUHE, GERMANY
CHAPTER 4 – WORKING WITH UNACCOMPANIED MINORS: PREPARATION FOR INCLUSION
Gaëlle Le Guern
CHAPTER 5 – “LIVING UNDER THE SAME ROOF” – A HOME FOR YOUNG APPRENTICES AND UNACCOMPANIED MINOR REFUGEES RIGHT IN THE CENTRE OF MUNICH
Benjamin Henn and Niklas Gregull
CHAPTER 6 – LEARNING TO HOPE AND HOPING TO LEARN: A CRITICAL EXAMINATION OF YOUNG REFUGEES AND FORMAL EDUCATION IN THE UK
CHAPTER 7 – RECOGNITION OF THE CULTURAL CAPITAL OF YOUNG REFUGEES: THE CAP (CENTRE FOR LIFELONG LEARNING) AS AN ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE OF INCLUSION IN ITALY
CHAPTER 8 – TRANSFORMATION OF YOUTH WORK FOR YOUNG REFUGEES IN TURKEY: A SHIFT FROM EMERGENCY AID TO INTEGRATION INITIATIVES
Gökay Özerim and Güldan Kalem
CHAPTER 9 – YOUNG REFUGEES AND THE ROLE OF YOUTH WORK – THE FINNISH PERSPECTIVE
CHAPTER 10 – REFUGEE AND ASYLUM-SEEKING YOUNG PEOPLE IN THE UK: HUMAN AGENCY AS A CENTRAL PRINCIPLE OF YOUTH WORK
Davina Gateley and Refugee Youth
CHAPTER 11 – YOUTH WORK IN THE BORDERLANDS: REFLECTIONS FROM MALTA
CHAPTER 12 – ESSAIM D’ACCUEIL: AN EXAMPLE OF YOUTH WORK WITH YOUNG ADULT REFUGEES IN GENEVA
Catherine Raya Polishchuk
CHAPTER 13 – YOUTH WORK AND REFUGEES: EMPOWERING YOUNG REFUGEES THROUGH PARTICIPATION AND INVOLVEMENT
CHAPTER 14 – “ALTOCHTONEN VAN DE TOEKOMST”
Maura Ryckebusch and Loes Steegmans
CHAPTER 15 – SPARK 15 – A REFUGEE YOUTH-LED ORGANISATION
Paul Galea and Bakary B. Kanteh
Maria Pisani and Tanya Basarab