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What happens to young people at risk of isolation, destitution, exploitation, harassment and criminalisation? In 2007 we commissioned City University's Department of Sociology, working in partnership with the Refugee Studies Centre at Oxford University and the Evelyn Oldfield Unit, to carry out qualitative research into the lives of young undocumented migrants in the UK. The research explored the experiences of young people from China, Turkey (including Kurds), Brazil, Zimbabwe and Ukraine. Researchers drawn from the communities being investigated explored the pathways of the lives of individual young undocumented migrants. One special feature of this work was our commitment to developing both the skills and capacity of individuals from these communities in the UK. In 2009 we published a report based on this work. 'No right to dream' analyses the findings of the field researchers and is interspersed with real-life stories of some of the young people interviewed.

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