The Dutch Association for Migration Research (DAMR) aims to increase the scientific standing of migration research by emphasizing on research methodology, theory formation and attention for the societal relevance of migration research. A specific objective of the association is to bring together PhD candidates and young researchers to stimulate interaction and scientific discussion. DAMR is an interdisciplinary association in which different disciplines covering the broad field of migration come together. In this way, the association seeks to stimulate interdisciplinary and inter-university research.

Call for Papers: DAMR 2022 Fall Conference on Unaccompanied Minors

Call for Papers: Dutch Association for Migration Research Fall Conference

Europa Institute/Department of European Law, Faculty of Law, Leiden University



Date: Wednesday 23 of November 2022

Venue: Faculty of Law, University of Leiden, The Netherlands

Conveners: Dr. Moritz Jesse & Dr. Mark Klaassen (both Europa Institute, Leiden University)

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Ambition: Publication of edited volume or special issue

Paper proposals: 31 July 2022 (to the above-mentioned emails)

Paper selection: 31 August 2022

Submission paper: 01 November 2022

We are seeking papers to be presented at the DAMR Fall-Conference (22/11/2022 in Leiden) on the topic of unaccompanied minors in the European Union.


Challenges arising from the movement of unaccompanied minors rank among the most difficult to handle in the field of migration. As soon as children are involved, there are no simple solutions in any decisions concerning the legal status, right to remain, or expulsion of immigrants. This is even more so, if minors travel alone and present themselves to the authorities in the EU as unaccompanied, thus without anyone legally ‘in charge’ of them at their side. Challenges arise for this group in all phases of immigration trajectories from reception, administration, to settlement, inclusion, or expulsion. These challenges, which shall be in the centre of our conference, are legal (e.g. human rights, duty of care, application of immigration law in a fair and predictable manner, right to education, etc.), social (e.g. inclusion, use of support networks, prevention of exclusion, discrimination, and abuse, or guarantee of equal chances to education, etc.), and political (e.g. immigration as a sensitive, divisive topic in times of populist political movements, the inability to govern unaccompanied minors with general policies without political involvement, etc.) in nature and will be dealt with in two separate panels during the conference.

The first panel is titled ' How to deal with arriving unaccompanied minors’.
The panel is focused on the phase until status determination. Topics suitable for this panel include reception, guardianship and legal representation, age determination, participation in the asylum procedure and the duty of care toward unaccompanied minors.

The second panel is titled ‘Inclusion or Removal? What comes after the determination of migration status for unaccompanied minors?’. This panel will focus on what comes after the status determination, thus dealing with issues such as inclusion, integration in the host state, education, reaching the age of majority, settlement and (protection against) removal.

Other topics relating to the general theme of the conference will be considered as well.

Both panels seek interventions from different disciplines highlighting challenges and attempted solutions throughout the EU. Papers that compare approaches, politics, policies, law and its application in different Member States are welcome. We also invite papers analysing challenges in individual EU Member States and reactions to these challenges. Papers will be discussed by DAMR members before and during the conference.

The convenors are not able to pay for travel and accommodation. Participation in the conference is free of charge. We will also serve lunch and coffee/tee during the day.

DRAFT* conference PROGRAMME for Wednesday 23 November 2022:

09:00 – 09.30             Registration and coffee/tea

09:30 – 10:00             Kick-off plenary

10:00 – 12:30             Panel I: How to deal with arriving unaccompanied minors?

12:30 – 13:30             Lunch

13:30 – 14:30             Key Note address (tbc.)

14:30 – 15:40             Coffee break

15:30 – 18:00             Panel II: Inclusion or Removal? What comes after the determination of
migration status for unaccompanied minors?

18:00                         Drinks (and dinner for those who are interested)

* Please note that the programme is a draft – starting times, order of panels, etc. may be subject to change.