Thirteenth International Summer School on Mind, Brain and Education

2018 October 16–20

Migrants and Refugees in the 21st Century: Children in and out of schools

Directors of the School:
Kurt W. Fischer, Antonio M. Battro and Sebastián J. Lipina
Director of the Course: Marcelo Suárez Orozco
Program Officer of the School: Lula Majdalani

Theoni Stathopoulou
National Centre for Social Research (Greece)

Theoni Stathopoulou is sociologist, research director at the National Centre for Social Research (EKKE) in Athens, Greece with extensive experience on survey methodology. She serves at the Sectorial Scientific Council for Social Sciences of the National Council for Research and Innovation, the supreme advisory body for the formulation and implementation of the national policy for Research in Greece and at the Hellenic Foundation of Research and Innovation. She is alternate representative of the European Statistical Advisory Committee (ESAC) at the Hellenic Statistical Advisory Board of the Hellenic Statistical Authority. In 2016, she conducted the first survey in the refugee camps in Greece in collaboration with the Norwegian University of Science and Technology and a pilot study on Unaccompanied Minors in collaboration with the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma. She is guest-editor of a special issue on the European Refugee Crisis (forthcoming in the Journal of Refugee Studies).


Refugees and unaccompanied minors in Greece
Greece has been the main reception country for forcibly displaced people in 2015, the biggest population movement in history after the Second World War. The lecture will focus on the early phase of settlement in Greece, after the EU-Turkey agreement in March 2016 that has led to the entrapment of more than 60.000 of refugees in the country under the most unfavorable conditions. Drawing upon the empirical findings of research conducted by the National Centre for Social in Greece, in the summer of 2016, in six refugee camps across Greece, and five shelters for unaccompanied minors in Athens greater area, the lecture will focus on the complex trauma of the refugee population as well as the methodological and ethical challenges that arise from surveying highly diverse in terms of culture and language, traumatized and vulnerable people in unstable and emergency conditions.