CHILD-UP for Researchers

An innovative perspective to address the issues of migrant children

CHILD-UP is a European research project that addresses the issue of migrant children in Europe through an innovative perspective, based on the concepts of children’s agency and hybrid cultural integration.

The project will deliver relevant research findings for the benefit of experts, academics, PhD students and researchers in the field of integration of migrant children.

In order to investigate the social inclusion of migrant children, CHILD-UP puts children’s social participation at the centre. By taking into primary account the gender dimension, the research focuses on the agency of boys and girls as a way to promote negotiated constructions of cultural identity as well as changes in their socio-cultural context.

Following a non-essentialist perspective, CHILD-UP focuses on hybrid integration, i.e. on the ways in which cultural identities are negotiated within interactions. In analyzing interventions that improve the children’s agency and enhance their hybrid integration, attention is directed towards dialogic practices in schools. To gather and analyse these practices, the perspectives of families, teachers, facilitators and social workers are also taken into account. 

The collection of data is based on the use of mixed methods: questionnaires, video and audio recording of schools activities, focus groups and interviews with children, teachers, educators, social workers and mediators.

CHILD-UP offers new evidence to the research community through substantial field research and impact evidence analysis of current policies, thus supporting both policy makers and civil society in establishing more integrated and effective inclusion policies, benefitting not only migrant children but the whole local contexts.

If you are interested in participating in CHILD-UP, kindly register here.

The outbreak of Covid-19 pandemics has strongly impacted the CHILD-UP research. This has forced the researchers to conduct remote interviews where possible, and to delay the video-recordings of activities that were planned within the schools.

CHILD-UP researches into the level of integration of migrant children in Europe and their social condition, with the primary aim of providing support for migrant children’s exercise of agency in changing their own conditions of integration and constructing hybrid identities.

Consult our project partners webpage to discover your nearest CHILD-UP partner and/or contact our Communication, Dissemination and Impact working group at

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