Patrícia was a visiting scholar at the Population Center at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, USA between August 2017 and July 2018. Under the supervision of Professor Krista Perreira, she performed research on US organizations providing services to unaccompanied migrant children arriving in the USA. She also spent six months at the Jacobs Center for Productive Youth Development in Zurich.
During her fellowship at the Zukunftskolleg, Patrícia is interested in investigating the changes in family-reunification policies in Brazil since 1997. Her project, titled "The Family Reunification Policy for refugees in Brazil", aims to improve the understanding of best practices and challenges in family reunification procedures for refugees in Brazil. Using different quantitative and qualitative methodologies, she analyzes various phenomenological interviews with refugees who requested family reunification in São Paulo in addition to key-informant interviews with Brazilian authorities and organizations involved in the family reunification process.
For more information about Patricia’s work, please see here.