Pilots in Germany

Ethnographic field work in the residential care is conducted with the support of two Bremen-based organisations. In the first pilot, TRUST focuses on the young people’s experiential knowledge of creating a sense of home in the reception phase and benchmarks new social innovations developed for the re-settlement of unaccompanied minors.

TRUST conducts field work in a Bremen-based family group home. Research relationships with the young are built by doing things together. The aim is to learn how the young make their residential housing unit a home and through which material practices and social negotiations they intend to attain these safe spaces. This kind of knowledge is best reached through participatory observation and learning together.

With the NGO Fluchtraum Bremen, TRUST conducts interviews with practitioners responsible for a new mentoring scheme for the unaccompanied minors going through the asylum process. This project supports German young adults (including former migrants) to act first as local mentors and later as potential guardians for the unaccompanied minors. As a social innovation, mentoring stresses the building of responsive, trusting and enduring relationships already at the reception phase when the experiences of dislocation are at most disruptive in the daily life of these minors.

Schedule: Spring 2017

Responsible researchers: Jaakko Tuominen and Anna-Kaisa Kuusisto-Arponen