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Spring 2019
Nov 14, 2019
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Refugees&Migrant Children - 35788 - INAF 455 - 05
ENROLLMENT IN THIS COURSE IS BY INSTRUCTOR APPROVAL ONLY, VIA AN APPLICATION WHICH CAN BE FOUND HERE: About half of the world’s refugees are under age 18; children travel on their own, with families and with strangers in search of safety. This experiential hands-on course will examine the ways in which governments and civil society facilitate the admission and social integration of refugee and migrant children and families with a particular focus on the United States and Sweden. While US policies toward refugee and migrant children have been widely criticized in recent years, Sweden is a country known for its child-sensitive policies. Sweden was the driving force behind the Convention on the Rights of the Child, consistently supports programs to recognize the particular needs of refugee and migrant children, and has generous social policies. But Sweden too has come under pressure from anti-foreigner parties and its policies are changing. This is not a traditional course where professors lecture and students take notes. Rather it is a collective learning experience where faculty and students together work toward a common goal of discerning best practices in responding to the particular needs of refugee and migrant children. In addition to the rich learning experiences for all, the end product will be a jointly-authored report to be submitted for publication and, probably more importantly, to feed into international processes to improve the way refugee and migrant children are treated when they arrive in a new country and as they settle in. Students will learn from direct conversations with many child advocates and experienced humanitarian practitioners in the Washington area, such as Kids in Need of Defense, Save the Children, and the Jesuit Refugee Service about policy and practice in the US. In addition, students will travel with faculty members to Sweden over spring break 2019. There they will engage with government and civil society representatives to analyze the ways in which refugee and migrant children’s needs are addressed in a country which is known for its highly effective and child-sensitive policies. Students and faculty will work together to produce an overview paper highlighting best practices for refugee and migrant children, and will suggest concrete ways in which better child-sensitive policies can be implemented elsewhere. This report is intended to support refugee and children’s advocates and will feed into on-going processes in the United Nations and the network of child protection agencies.
Associated Term: Spring 2019
Registration Dates: Dec 10, 2018 to Jan 18, 2019
Levels: MN or MC Graduate, Undergraduate
Attributes: X-List: DBST, Core: Diversity/Global, SFS/IPOL International Law, X-List: GOVT

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3.000 Credits
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Scheduled Meeting Times
Type Time Days Where Date Range Schedule Type Instructors
Seminar 9:30 am - 12:00 pm T St. Marys 124 Jan 09, 2019 - May 11, 2019 Seminar Elizabeth Ferris E-mail, Katherine M Donato E-mail

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