Migration – a Contemporary Social Concern
The plight of refugees from warfare, other forms of violence and persecution, as well as natural disaster, and the mass-migration of peoples seeking an escape from dire poverty, is a stark feature of the twenty-first century. How are we to address these problems, protect the rights of refugees and migrants, and promote their integration within host communities?
Research and Publications
My own research has been in the areas of migration for education, childhood and youth transitions and inter-generational relations. I have conducted ethnographic fieldwork with ethnic minority migrant children in northern Thailand and with refugees in Austria and at the Thai-Burma border.
Among my recent publications have been “Honouring the elders: The common good among Karen communities – a multi-sited ethnography” published 2018 in The Australian Journal of Anthropology 29/2 (co-authored with Shirley Worland) and also a chapter entitled “Child Migration to the UK. Hopes and Realities” (co-authored with Br Samuel Burke OP) in a book on migration edited by Ben Ryan at THEOS, Fortress Britain? Ethical Approaches to Immigration Policy for a Post–Brexit Britain (Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2018) . The book will be discussed at a seminar here on October 25th.
In May 2018, the Institute co-sponsored with St Mary’s University, Twickenham, and COMECE a lunchtime presentation in Brussels by Dame Louise Casey on the issues around the integration of migrants followed by an afternoon seminar on this topic.
On November 20th 2018 the Institute will host a presentation by Prof. Alison Phipps and her team from the UNESCO Chair at Glasgow University on the integration of migrants through the arts.