Transnational Family Dynamics in Europe
Family studies, migrations, interethnic relations
Deepening and widening of scientific understanding of transnational families (TNF).
The main aim and objective of the Action is to deepen and broaden the scientific understanding of transnational families (TNF) through international and multidisciplinary knowledge exchange, to enable further multidisciplinary approaches and to stimulate innovation in the research domain.
Furthermore, the aim is to achieve a methodological progress and acquire better understanding of all available sources of data and their potential for mutual integration and opening the way for the strategies of collecting relevant data about TNF. The third main aim of this action is to establish a wider evidence-based approach in practice and policy, as well as to formulate recommendations for decision-makers, civil society organisations and other actors that deal with TNFs in a wider sense.
Scientific programme of the action is divided into four thematic units and two additional activities (methodology and interaction between science and policy), which are in turn organised as working groups: kinkeeping within TNF in a global and digital era, integrating the perspective of vulnerable children and young people in social welfare and policy, social rights and social protection of transnational families, health and well-being of TNF, methodological issues in research and data collection, and group for influencing practice and policy.
This Action aims to deepen the knowledge of the growing, rapidly changing phenomenon and dynamics of transnational families (TNF) by bringing together researchers and stakeholders from different disciplines and countries to address the need for transnational insights and formulating policy and practice-oriented recommendations with an impact on international, national, sub-local and local practices. This Action will closely monitor current trends in migration, technology and politics, and engage in an intensive dialogue with policy and practitioners, and, thus, address the need to deepen and broaden scientific and policy understanding of TNF. The Action will develop a systematic exchange of knowledge, innovative interdisciplinary and international perspectives on TNF and tangible recommendations for stakeholders and policy makers.
To achieve this, the Action is structured into 4 thematic working groups (WGs), which address critical areas that are gaining importance in research, practice and policy and therefore require significant theoretical and empirical development: Kinkeeping within TNF in a global and digital era; Integrating the perspective of vulnerable children and young people in social welfare and policy; Social rights and social protection of transnational families; Health and well-being of TNF. In addition, it will stimulate methodological progress and consolidate the recommendations of the additional 5 working groups into clear and tangible recommendations for stakeholders and policy makers.
Engagement in the activities which involve methodological improvements, especially in widening the possibilities for the inclusion of quantitative data in the TNF research. Also, researchers will be involved in realisation of the activities which concern social rights and protection, educational opportunities, as well as health and wellbeing of TNF and their members in their countries of origin and reception. What would be specially considered are opportunities for the formulation of an appropriate policy response and recommendations for decision-makers pertaining to the researched phenomenon of TNF.
Project in progress (2022–2026).