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Independent child migration : insights into agency, vulnerability, and structure

Publication Type:

Book

Source:

New directions for child and adolescent development ; no. 136, Jossey-Bass, San Francisco, p.101 (2012)

Call Number:

Cubb HQ750 .A1 N4 NO.136

URL:

http://searchworks.stanford.edu/view/9725006

Keywords:

Child welfare, Immigrant children, Refugees, Unaccompanied immigrant children, Unaccompanied refugee children

Abstract:

Contents: 1. Vulnerable yet agentic: independent child migrants and opportunity structures / Aida Orgocka -- 2. Tactical maneuvering and calculated risks: independent child migrants and the complex terrain of flight / Myriam Denov, Catherine Bryan -- 3. Beyond compartmentalization: a relational approach towards agency and vulnerability of young migrants / Roy Huijsmans -- 4. When children seek asylum from their parents: a Canadian case study / Michael Bossin, Laïla Demirdache -- 5. Between empowerment and powerlessness: separated minors in Sweden / Kristina Gustafsson, Ingrid Fioretos, Eva Norström -- 6. Vulnerability and agency: beyond an irreconcilable dichotomy for social service providers working with young refugees in the UK / Aoife O'Higgins -- 7. Conclusions, reflections, and prospects for future research, policy, and programming / Christina Clark-Kazak.; Summary: Explore the complexities of international independent child migration. This volume gives particular focus to agency and vulnerability as central concepts for understanding the diverse experiences of children who have migrated alone. Combining perspectives from academics and practitioners, the volume is filled with thought-provoking insights into the nature of current programmatic interventions for independent child migrants. It further invites critical reflection on the complex socio-economic, political, and cultural contexts in which migration decisions are taken. Contributors recognize that independent child migrants, despite vulnerabilities, are active decision-makers in determining movement, responding to violent and discriminatory situations, resisting stereotypical assumptions, and figuring out integration and life choices as these are shaped by existing structural opportunities and constraints.

Publication Language:

eng