Growing up in protracted crises: Refugee youth experiences of transitions to adulthood in Uganda and Jordan

Some 600 million young people live in fragile or conflict affected areas across the globe and over half of refugee populations are under the age of 18. As situations of crises become protracted, millions of children are growing up in contexts of civil war, political tensions, and environmental crises exacerbated by poverty.

With little detailed information on the experiences of children and youth affected by protracted crises, this research has been structured to gather primary data directly from young people in order to explore how dimensions such as age, gender, culture, nationality, and location affect transitions.

Taking place in urban and camp settings in the contrasting contexts of Jordan and Uganda, the research employs an innovative youth-led qualitative approach designed to maximise the input of children and youth as both investigators and participants in the research. Managed by the University of Dundee, the project is a collaboration with leading NGO practitioner organisations and academics working in the two countries.

Recognising and engaging youth as important social actors in addressing their own needs and shaping the future of their communities is vital to contribute to sustainable development outcomes. By ensuring a strong voice from youth at each key stage, this research aims to show how youth experience and navigate pathways to adulthood when growing up in situations of protracted crises, in order to inform policy and development programming.


Funding details:
Department for International Development, UK.

Research team:
Lorraine van Blerk, Chair in Human Geography, University of Dundee.
Wayne Shand, EDP Associates Ltd.
Janine Hunter, Geography, School of Social Sciences, University of Dundee.
Dr Laura Prazeres.

August 2016 to August 2017.

Youth transitions, refugees, poverty, civil war, Uganda, Jordan.

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