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Experts From Across the World at Drexel to Discuss Concern over Child Immigrants

Philadelphia, June 19, 2008

Drexel University will host international scholars and policy makers for a three-day conference from June 20 to 22, to discuss the nearly 200 million or more children worldwide who are affected by migration. Approximately 191 million people live outside their place of birth. In the United States alone, there are approximately 36 million foreign-born residents, depending upon which research organization is determining the figures. While statistics do not document the number of child migrants, at least 60 million are likely children, whether alone or with family members, and even greater numbers are affected when family members migrate, leaving these children behind in their home country. More than 100 sociologists, historians, legal scholars, public health specialists, Washington policy makers, urban planners and researchers from other universities around the world will convene at Drexel to discuss and compare the experiences of migrant children across the United States, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America. The discussions will explore the full range of young people’s experiences of migration, from those of children being smuggled across international borders, or being deported, to those of Tibetan young people in the United States. Jeremiah Smith Jr. Lecturer in Law at Harvard Law School and Director of the Harvard University Committee on Human Rights Studies Jacqueline Bhabha will give a lecture on Saturday, June 21, at 12:45 p.m., on unaccompanied child migrants in the United States and Europe, including the smuggling and trafficking of children. Meetings will take place at Drexel’s Stratton Hall (3200 Chestnut, Philadelphia). Bhabha’s talk will take place in the Creese Student Center (32nd and Chestnut). Organized by the Working Group on Childhood and Migration, the conference is supported by the National Science Foundation, and Drexel University’s College of Arts and Sciences. More information, including conference program, can be found at http://globalchild.rutgers.edu/index.htm and at: http://www.pages.drexel.edu/~dtd28/GlobalChild/index1.htm ### News Media Contacts: Niki Gianakaris, Drexel News Bureau 215-895-6741, 215-778-7752 (cell) or ngianakaris@drexel.edu Dr. Rachel Reynolds, Department of Culture and Communication 215-895-0498 or rrr@drexel.edu