Youth on the Move? Exploring Youth Migrations in Eastern Germany and Northern Ireland



Within the tradition of studying youth transitions in Europe, considerable depth has been added in recent years to our understanding of how young people move from “education-to-work” and enter the adult world. Despite this advance, consideration of youth migration – movement from one region or country to another – has been relatively neglected. While existing studies of youth have not completely ignored migration, specific consideration of the issues facing mobile young people has only recently entered the mainstream of youth studies (see Thomson/Taylor 2005). At European policy level, consideration of youth and migration is somewhat more prominent. Indeed, encouraging transnational movement is a something of a priority for the European Union, as set out in the “New Impetus for European Youth” (2001) White Paper and Action Plan (2002) on mobility.


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