MO-TRAYL holds final conference in Maastricht, The Netherlands

The closing conference of the Mobility Trajectories of Young Lives (MO-TRAYL) project (2017-2023) was held in Maastricht on 4-5 April 2023 and included a societal panel, spoken-word performances by young research participants, and an academic conference. 

On Tuesday 4 April, societal representatives from government, schools, NGOs and academia gathered to discuss the findings of the MO-TRAYL project and their implications for policy and practice in the education sector. Young research participants from the MO-TRAYL ethnographies attended, and some performed spoken word poems they had developed through a MO-TRAYL workshop with spoken word artist, Sydney Powell. 

Panellists included: 

  • Irene Appiah, Counselor intercultural education, The State Institute for Teacher Training and School Development, Hamburg, Germany
  • Hellen Ayaa, Teacher, Don Bosco school, Belgium
  • Hilda Heyde, Program officer Language Friendly School, Rutu Foundation, The Netherlands
  • Eduard Nagel, Regional Coordinator of Education for Newcomers, Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, The Netherlands
  • Heike Niedrig, Teacher newcomer education, Stadtteilschule Horn, Hamburg, Germany

Panellists (left-right): Hilda Heyde, Eduard Nagel, Heike Niedrig, Irene Appiah, Helen Ayaa; chair: Valentina Mazzucato

On Wednesday 5 April, an academic conference held at Maastricht University's Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences gathered scholars to share their research on young people and migration. The resulting papers will be collected in an upcoming Special Issue on transnational youth mobility.

Presentations included the following:

  • “Mobility experiences of transnational youth” – Sarah Anschütz on behalf of MO-TRAYL team (Maastricht University)
  • “The role of transnational youth mobility in the children of migrants’ narratives around ‘the immigrant bargain’” – Ruth Cheung Judge (University of Liverpool)
  • “Work, mobility and the pursuit of living well among young transnational Ghanaians” – Emma Abotsi (Goldsmiths, University of London)
  • “A Transnational Regime of Fear: Family Separations and Youth in Migrant Families in the United States and in Mexico” – Joanna Dreby (University at Albany) & Marta Rodríguez-Cruz (Universidad de Sevilla)
  • “Between waithood and alternative futures: children and young people on the move” – Rachel Rosen (UCL Social Research Institute)
  • “Migrating out of poverty? An exploration of youth labour migration and life chances in Ghanaian mining and farming communities” – Sam Okyere (University of Bristol)
  • “Parental mobility trajectories and migration aspirations among currently non-migrant youth in Indonesia and the Philippines” – Lucy Jordan (University of Hong Kong) & Elspeth Graham (University of St. Andrews)
  • “Platform-mediated Work and Furthering Mobilities Trajectories: A case study of food-delivery riders in the Hague, the Netherlands” – Roy Huijsmans (International Institute of Social Studies/Erasmus University Rotterdam)




(Photos: Laura J. Ogden)

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