Children and Migration

Millions of children around the world are affected by migration.  This includes girls and boys who migrate within and between countries (usually with their families but sometimes on their own), as well as children ‘left behind’ when their parents or caregivers migrate in search of economic opportunities.  Be it forced or voluntary, by adults or children, migration affects children’s care situations and can entail risks to their protection.

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José Luis Prieto - Forensic Science and Humanitarian Action: Interacting with the Dead and the Living,

This article explores age assessment methods used in estimating legal age or minor status of migrants and the need to minimize false positives with the aim of avoiding mistaken classification of a minor as of legal age.

Bi Ying Hu, Huiping Wu, Adam Winsler, Xitao Fan, Zhanmei Song - Early Childhood Research Quarterly,

This study examined early trajectories for academic and social skills among four groups of rural, preschool-attending, children in the Guangdong province of China: Village children who remained in a rural village and lived with both parents, Migrant children who migrated with their work-seeking parents to live in an urban area, Partially-left-behind children who lived with one parent in a rural village while the other parent migrated to the city for work, and Completely-left-behind children who stayed in a rural village with relatives while both parents migrated to the city for work.

FrankVan Holen, Cindy Blijkers, Lenny Trogh, Delphine West, Johan Vanderfaeillie - Children and Youth Services Review,

This study aimed at investigating the incidence of placement breakdown in Flemish family foster care (Dutch speaking part of Belgium) for unaccompanied children (UC), and to explore the association of breakdown with foster child, foster family and case characteristics.

Mo Rocca - Mobituaries Podcast,

This episode of the Mobituaries podcast describes the "Orphan Train" movement of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries - an initiative that sent 250,000 orphaned children from the crowded cities of the East Coast of the United States and sent to the rural Western United States from 1854 to 1929.

Katrina Taschman & Bertranna A. Muruthi - Contemporary Family Therapy,

This study employed a retrospective lens to explore adult experiences of their family post-deportation. Findings show that family went through a reorganization process after parental deportation which impacted how the child understood the deportation and affected the child’s perceptions and experiences of their parental loss.

Xiaoyan Fan & Mengjia Lu - Children and Youth Services Review,

The purpose of this study was to investigate the direct effect of perceived social support and the mediation role of resilience on left-behind children’s mental well-being.

Frank Van Holen, Lenny Trogh, Elke Carlier, Laura Gypen, Johan Vanderfaeillie - Child & Family Social Work,

This article describes the results of a narrative literature review on empirical research examining the outcomes and/or experiences of unaccompanied refugee minors in family foster care.

Anne Bentley Waddoups, Hirokazu Yoshikawa, and Kendra Strouf - Annual Review of Developmental Psychology,

This article reviews the effects on children and youth of parent–child separation due to several of the most common reasons that are responsible for the growth in this family circumstance worldwide.

Patrizia Rinaldi - The International Journal of Children's Rights,

This article elaborates on provisions concerning the international protection system for minor migrants. It examines entry strategies put into place by young migrants facing the Spanish migration system.

Alina Botezat & Friedhelm Pfeiffer - Population, Space and Place,

This paper examines the causal effects of parents' migration on the education, physical, and mental health of left‐behind children aged 11 to 15 years in Romania, a country where increasingly more children have parents working abroad.