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Building a new self through words

Building a new self through words

A young boy sits in front of the computer and mumbles verbs in Finnish: suhista, liplattaa, kahista, surista. From time...
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Policy relevance of experiential knowledge

Policy relevance of experiential knowledge

In the TRUST project, we have conducted field work in Finland, Sweden, Germany, and Australia during 2016 and 2017. Learning...
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“How are you, my brother?”

“How are you, my brother?”

During the spring 2017, I had the pleasure of conducting nine weeks of ethnographic fieldwork as a TRUST-researcher in a...
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Case Sweden – finding human-centred solutions

Case Sweden – finding human-centred solutions

In April 2017, Anna-Kaisa and I visited the Linköping area in Sweden to interview experts working in the field of...
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Photography workshops connecting youth

Photography workshops connecting youth

Relatedness is claimed as one of the intrinsic needs or motivations of humans and a key outcome of positive youth...
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The power of hammocks and jumpers

The power of hammocks and jumpers

The fast pace, the criteria of “evidence” and the push to publish make research with children challenging. In particular, it...
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The First Friend: Mentoring an Unaccompanied Refugee Minor

The First Friend: Mentoring an Unaccompanied Refugee Minor

During 2015, almost 96,500 unaccompanied refugee minors (URM) arrived in Europe. More than 22,300 of them applied for asylum in...
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Understanding pain and loneliness through politics of compassion

Understanding pain and loneliness through politics of compassion

Doing research with unaccompanied refugee minors includes many moral and ethical aspects. Among these research constrains are the ethical board’s...
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Coping to live and learn, living and learning to cope

Coping to live and learn, living and learning to cope

How do you imagine that escaping from home, missing out on education and having to start over in a strange...
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Weaving voices together – collaborating across cultures through Mexican mask-making

Weaving voices together – collaborating across cultures through Mexican mask-making

The TRUST project collaborated in the autumn of 2016 with two artists, Anne Lihavainen and Rosamaria Bolom, in a Mexican...
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Having, loving and being: Wellbeing of migrant youth

Having, loving and being: Wellbeing of migrant youth

Social marginalisation is an alarming aspect of the increasing migrant youth population in Europe. Even if these young people learn...
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Gardening, playing and doing things together

Gardening, playing and doing things together

I had a great opportunity to take part in an urban gardening project at a temporary housing unit for asylum...
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Transcultural belonging as a right!

Transcultural belonging as a right!

Every year tens of thousands of unaccompanied asylum-seeking minors enter the territory of the European Union. These children and young...
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Where is my home?

Where is my home?

Home, according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, is a place where a person lives. A home may also be a social...
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Little sea horses

Little sea horses

Schools are nests of bridging and bonding. They are filled with many arrangements that enable and constrain learning but also...
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