Roundtable on Vulnerability, Adversity and Trauma of Migrant Children and Young Refugees

Roundtable on Vulnerability, Adversity and Trauma of Migrant Children and Young Refugees

London, Senate House (Woburn Suite), 9 March 2017

This workshop is part of an ESRC-funded research project on the protection of migrant children’s rights (, and has been organised by the University of Exeter in partnership with the Refugee Law Initiative and the Institute of Commonwealth Studies (School of Advanced Study, University of London). This is a small-scale, focused and closed roundtable whose main objective is to assess the key issues around vulnerability, adversity and trauma that migrant and refugee children are exposed to, and the ways to help building resilience and encouraging better protection. This meeting is held under the Chatham House Rule, i.e. participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed.


Tea and Coffee served from 9:30

9:50 – 10:00      Introduction and Welcome

10:00 – 12:00    Presentations and discussions

  • Dr Ana Beduschi, University of Exeter, Law School – Vulnerability in the legal context: a way forward for the protection of migrant children’s rights?
  • Dr Mina Fazel, University of Oxford, Department of Psychiatry – Common Mental Health Problems in Young Refugees
  • Dr Huw Williams, University of Exeter, Psychology – Traumatic Brain Injury: A potential vulnerability in young refugee groups
  • Dr Hanne Beirens, Migration Policy Institute – Addressing young refugees’ rights in the EU policy context: Gauging opportunities and risks
  • Dragan Nastic, Unicef – Children statelessness as a form of vulnerability

12:00 – 12:45    Lunch

12:45 – 13:45    Support mechanisms: What are the existing mechanisms to support migrant children and how effective are they?

13:45 – 14:45    Challenges to implementation: What are the challenges and how to overcome them? Examples of best practices.

14:45 – 15:00    Coffee break

15:00 – 15:45    Priorities and opportunities: What are the priorities and opportunities for short, middle, and long term action and research?

15:45 – 16:00    Closing remarks

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