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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Yang Hu, Judith Burton, Bob Lonne - Child & Family Social Work,

This study explored the lived experiences of 23 kin caregivers raising children left behind in rural Northeast China while their migrant parents worked and lived in cities.

Lea-Maria Löbel - Social Networks,

This study finds that the size of the nuclear family has a significant positive relationship with refugees’ mental health, whereas family separation has a significant negative relationship.

Save the Children Italy,

This manual (written in Italian) seeks to ensure better protection and respect for the rights of migrant children and strengthen the guardianship system by providing key information and guidance for guardians and tutors of unaccompanied foreign minors. 

Karen Gordon - Conflict and Forced Migration,

In this article, the stories of children left-behind by parental migration in Central America and Mexico are conveyed in their own words detailing how vulnerable they felt when abandoned, confused, and at times, rejected after finally connecting with their long-lost families.

Miao Wang, Bryan G Victor, Jun Sung Hong, Shiyou Wu, Jin Huang, Hui Luan, Brian E Perron - The British Journal of Social Work,

The purpose of this study was to systematically review existing health service interventions for left-behind children in China.

Joseph Lelliott - Crimmigration in Australia,

This chapter charts the application and impact of "crimmigration control" measures on unaccompanied minors, a particularly vulnerable category of migrants.

Sara Lim Bertrand and Kristen M. Castrataro - Save the Children Sweden and Save the Children International, East and Southern Africa Regional Office,

This Quick Reference Guide is a practical guide for all stakeholders who hope to implement a government-led, cross-border coordination mechanism for the protection of children who are unaccompanied and separated while in situations of migration or displacement.

CBS News,

This documentary from CBS News takes viewers inside the real-life challenges facing migrant families split apart by the Trump administration's "Zero Tolerance" policy.

Lei Wang & Jun Yao - Journal of Community Psychology,

This study examined the mediating effects of loneliness in the relationship between social anxiety and life satisfaction. Four hundred and forty two left‐behind children in rural China, who completed the Social Anxiety Subscale, UCLA Loneliness Scale, and Satisfaction with Life Scale, participated in the study.

Yao Lu, Wei-Jun Jean Yeung, Jingming Liu, Donald J. Treiman - Chinese Journal of Sociology,

The present study examines the influences of migration on the health of left-behind children in China and the mediating channels, using data from a new nationally representative survey.