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Independent Child Migration

The issue of independent child migrants: children or young people who migrate without their parents, usually accords the children or youth no agency, and portrays them as dependents if not victims.  Within the policy context these children may be labelled unaccompanied minors. The research included within this catalogue will attempt to highlight the studies that do consider the agency of the child migrant. The children's perspectives, their voices, and experiences, their role and expectations of them all provide various understanding of independent child migration that is very different from the narrow discourse of trafficking and forced child labour.  The positives and negatives of independent child migration, on the child and their development are explored in much of the research here.


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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

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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

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

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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

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

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Religion in the lives of unaccompanied minors: an available and compelling coping resource

Author: M. Ni Raghallaigh

Publication date: 26/01/2012

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Anecdotal evidence suggests that religion plays an important role in the lives of asylum seekers and refugees....

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Invisible Children in the Dominican Republic: A Minor Field Study on Obstacles to Birth Registration

Author: M. Flygge

Publication date: 16/01/2012

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Birth registration is a fundamental key in ensuring several essential rights of the child; including the right to...

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