“Through the looking glass”

“Through the looking glass”

A year “through the looking glass”. “Time is the longest distance between two places.” Tennessee Williams, The Glass Menagerie It has been 13 months since my last business trip. On February 29, 2020, I left Greece, not for Milan – as planned – but for my...
Becoming a parent abroad

Becoming a parent abroad

While seven months have already passed since I joined the ChildMove team in Ghent (wow, time flies!!) I have lived in Belgium for over three years now! Since I left Italy for the first time in 2005 – since I moved to sunny Valencia, in Spain, to live and study...
Volunteers and..

Volunteers and..

Volunteers and the chain of events Life is an unpredictable chain of events. One thing leads to another, which leads to another, which… you get the picture. A doctoral dissertation is no different from that. You start out with one idea, you write an article, you find...
Ethically mapping migration

Ethically mapping migration

Migration is by definition a spatial event with spatial components like space, routes and borders. Therefore, key features to understand, illustrate and talk about migration are maps. We, the Childmove team, are planning on making maps as well to summarize and...
The border crises loop

The border crises loop

The border crises loop: reflections on the pointless cruelty of the EU migration governance While news on the pandemic monopolizes media and political attention, another humanitarian emergency is unfolding at the external frontier of the EU. Since the end of 2019, the...
My team

My team

Unaccompanied refugee children and adolescents have been my main field of research for the past 20 years. Always looking from the angle of their psychosocial wellbeing, my focus has slightly shifted over the years from looking at the impact of past trauma to more...
Reflections

Reflections

​It seems so long ago by now, but the first concrete steps of initiating the Childmove project were taken at the end of 2016 when the vacancies were launched for the individual researchers who would form the research team. We knew from the very beginning that the data...
Passing through Ventimiglia

Passing through Ventimiglia

Like many travellers, I discovered Ventimiglia through its train station and it was my first time in the Italian border city, the closest city to the French border. It was night-time and, again like most travellers, I was exhausted from a long journey by train. I was...
Facts and nuances

Facts and nuances

Facts and nuances of sensitive issues I graduated and started working in the summer of 2015. It wasn’t difficult to find a job during that time, as psychologists were in high demand. Same as in other cities throughout Europe, the reception structures in Berlin were...
Field work in Italy

Field work in Italy

Field work in Italy- preparation & first events I remember what it was like preparing to go on the field for the first time. People may give you advice and mention a few things to look out for, but nothing really prepares you for being on the field for the very...