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Undocumented children’s rights claims. A multidisciplinary project on agency and contradictions between different levels of regulations and practice that reveals undocumented children ‘s human rights.

Contact person: Anna Lundberg
Co-workers: Jacob Lind, Mikael Spång and Michael Strange
Funding: Vetenskapsrådet
Timeframe: 2013-01-01 -- 2016-12-31
Research programme: Malmö Institute for Studies of Migration, Diversity and Welfare
Faculty/Department: Global Political Studies, Faculty of Culture and Society
Webpage: http://blogg.mah.se/undocumentedmigrants

This four-year project highlights undocumented migrant children’s claims to be right holders focusing on everyday experiences and agency. Drawing on Hannah Arendt’s observation that rights can be realised only in a political community and Jacque Rancière’s theory that politics of human rights must be rooted in the practices of rights-holders they the project has a strong agency perspective that asks how children themselves claim and utilize rights. We also investigate contradictions between different levels of regulation regarding undocumented children’s human rights.

 
To reveal how children subjectively experience life as undocumented and negotiate agency in this situation, a child-centred participative research design is adopted. Activities and interviews will be conducted in the city of Manchester, UK and Malmö, Sweden. We also investigate international and national regulations in the area as well as policy at city level regarding undocumented children’s rights.
 
The research will provide knowledge about the situation of undocumented migrant children from the point of human rights. This is of central importance especially with regard to the children since they as under-age and non-citizens lack the traditional opportunities for political action. The project will also provide theoretically important insights of the contested meaning of human rights at different levels. Furthermore, a strong aim is to create conditions for a more tempered public debate in Sweden around highly politicised subjects.

Beskrivning på svenska

– Ett mångvetenskapligt projekt om aktörskap och spänningar mellan regelsystem, policy och praktik som synliggör papperslösa barns mänskliga rättigheter.

Med utgångspunkt i vardagserfarenheter hos barn och unga som lever utan papper i Malmö Sverige och Manchester UK beskriver och analyserar projektet strategier för att kunna leva ett hälsosamt liv. Vi använder FN:s världshälsoorganisations (WHO) definition av hälsa. Vi utforskar även hur tjänstemän agerar inom ramen för det tolkningsutrymme som finns i regelverk på internationell, nationell och kommunal nivå.

Senast uppdaterad av Magnus Jando