October 2021 - New Thematic Focus: Migrants in Education
The Young Lives, Young Futures project team has launched a new thematic focus to explore the experiences of young people with a migrant background. By focusing specifically on young people who are migrants themselves or from migrant families, the team will be seeking to illuminate the unique experiences of this group of young people and how they can be better supported in their transitions from education to work.
The educational outcomes of migrant groups have been scrutinised extensively in the UK and beyond, but their experiences of vocational education and training has not received as much attention. By comparing the experiences of young people from a migrant background with the general sample from the Young Lives, Young Futures project, the researchers will be able to document inequalities experienced by migrant groups as well as practices that promote inclusion and equality.
The fieldwork for the migrants in education thematic focus started in October 2021 and will continue until the end of the year. The researchers would like to speak to any young people living in England aged 16 to 25 who are themselves migrants or come from a migrant family and who are not planning to go to university. Young people who participate in the research will receive a £10 voucher as a 'thank you' for taking part.
The researchers plan to publish research from this data in the coming months and years to help inform policies and practices that are more responsive to the perspectives and support needs of young people with a migrant background.