Transnational youth mobility trajectories: an ethnography of young people with a migration background between Ghana and Germany

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This thesis investigates the ‘transnational youth mobility trajectories’ of migrant youth, meaning all the moves that young people make in their lives, including migrations but also family visits, holidays, internships, and transitions between different school systems. An increasing proportion of young people around the world have a migration background, and recent research shows that many migrant youth in Europe travel regularly to their country of origin. Nevertheless, we know very little about the way mobility affects their lives. As part of the ‘Mobility Trajectories of Young Lives’ project (, this thesis focused on Ghanaian-background youth (15-25 years) living in Hamburg. It shows that migrant youth are very mobile, that the frequency and reasons for their mobility change over time, and that mobility has important effects on their lives in the country of residence. Experiences in the country of origin – including schooling, family environments, and other important relationships – can provide valuable resources, like confidence and motivation, and other forms of support that help migrant youth navigate schooling and life in the country of residence.
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Maastricht University
  • Mazzucato, Valentina, Supervisor
  • Fürstenau, Sara, Co-Supervisor, External person
Thesis sponsors
Award date1 Jun 2022
Place of PublicationMaastricht
Print ISBNs9789464238310
Publication statusPublished - 2022


  • migrant youth
  • transnational mobility
  • Ghana
  • Germany

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