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The rate of migration for children (those aged 0-17 years) is perceived to be growing, though there are few reliable estimates to substantiate this claim. The literature is fairly limited, with migration of this group of young people often being represented as pathological within the literature. This literature fails to recognise that these children can be affected as children who migrate independently of their families, as children left behind, when father, mother or both parents migrate, and as children in families that have migrated.  The aim of the following collection of resources is to highlight the research that demonstrates the complexity of migration flows of these children:  who goes, to where, why, for how long etc. A distinguishing point of some of the research is the perspectives of the children, their voices and their experiences, where children are the key actors.  The main themes of the Child Migration Research Network are based on the categories:

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Exploring children's experiences of migration: movement and family relationships

Author: de Lima, P., Punch, S. and Whitehead, A.

Publication date: July 2012


This briefing paper highlights the main themes emerging from a recent ESRC seminar to explore the ways that...

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Victims or criminals? The vulnerability of separated children in the context of migration in the United Kingdom and Italy

Author: Furia, A.

Publication date: 27/06/2012


Despite the periodic and official commitments of the United Kingdom and Italian governments with regard to...

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No Way Out, No Way In: Irregular migrant children and families in the UK

Author: Sigona, N. and Hughes, V.

Publication date: May 2012


An estimated 120,000 irregular migrant children live in the UK, and a large majority of these are either born in...

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Return Visits of the Young Albanian Second Generation in Europe: Contrasting Themes and Comparative Host-Country Perspectives

Author: Vathi, Z. and King, R.

Publication date: 04/09/2011


Research on the links of the second generation to their parental homeland, and return visits in particular, is...

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Remittances, Transnational Parenting, and the Children Left Behind: Economic and Psychological Implications

Author: Castaneda, E., and Buck, L.

Publication date: 28/01/2012


This paper looks at the changes in parent-child relations in families divided by migration. Recent academic and...

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