Anna Lundberg, Senior Lecturer, Department of Global Political Studies, Malmö University

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.



During the seminar I will present our four-year research project highlighting 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 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.
Activities and interviews will be conducted in the city of Manchester, Great Britain 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, an aim is to create conditions for a more tempered public debate in Sweden around highly politicised subjects.

Find out more about the Migration cluster at the Department of Social Anthropology.

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