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Youth-Home: Migrant male home-making in Ireland

The Youth-Home project explores home-making practices in domestic and urban spaces among young male migrants who live in Cork, Ireland. Using an innovative methodology, the project specifically aims to analyse how refugees and international students’ experiences of home are different or similar. The project aims to provide a novel comparative reading into the less explored notion of ‘home’ and domesticity among migrant men.

The project entails analysis of local, national and European level policies on integration, walking interviews in Cork city and photography of domestic spaces and urban locations. Participants will eventually produce an app about Cork city, from migrants’ perspectives and will exhibit their photographs at one or more exhibitions in Cork and London. Located within the Migration and Integration cluster, this project is supervised by Dr Caitríona Ní Laoire at ISS21.


Project Outputs

Fathi, M. (in press, 2021) 'Home-in-Migration: Some Critical Reflections on Temporal, Spatial and Sensorial Perspectives', Ethnicities

Fathi, M. and Ní Laoire, C. (2021) 'Urban home: young male migrants constructing home in the city', Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, DOI:

Fathi, M. (2021) “‘My life is on hold”: Examining home, belonging and temporality among migrant men in Ireland’, Journal of Gender, Place and Culture. DOI: 10.1080/0966369X.2021.1916445 IF: 1.554

Fathi, M. (2020) 'Young Migrants’ Home in Ireland', ViewFinder Magazine (Special Issue on Home). 116:


Funding body: Horizon 2020, EC Marie Skłodowska-Curie (MSCA) Individual Fellowship Programme

Duration: 2019 - 2020

Contact: Dr. Mastoureh Fathi, 

Institute for Social Science in the 21st Century (ISS21)

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