This award will support five US-based scholars to develop papers on strategies to reduce inequality in education, health, and economic outcomes for refugee and immigrant youth. These papers will generate new data and conceptual tools, examine interventions, and inform policy responses. The scholars will attend a two-day workshop in January 2017, which will convene researchers, policymakers, practitioners, religious leaders, funders, and NGOs to review commissioned papers developed by researchers from around the world. Workshop attendees will examine factors driving mass migration; interventions to improve outcomes for refugees, asylum seekers, and irregular migrants; psycho-social factors related to immigrant adaptation; and interventions to ease the transition of immigrant youth into their new societies. US-based attendees will be able to learn from international researchers studying interventions to benefit refugee and immigrant youth in other countries, stimulating research and policy thinking to improve youth outcomes in the US. This represents the first stage of a three-phase project on Humanitarianism and Mass Migration developed by UCLA in partnership with the Vatican’s Pontifical Academies.
This grant will support the development of commissioned scholarly papers to identify levers of change to reduce the inequalities faced by refugee and immigrant origin youth.