Research Handbook on Child Migration
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Research Handbook on Child Migration

Edited by Jacqueline Bhabha, Jyothi Kanics and Daniel Senovilla Hernández

The scope and complexity of child migration have only recently emerged as a critical factors in global migration. This volume assembles for the first time a richly interdisciplinary body of work, drawing on contributions from renowned scholars, eminent practitioners and prominent civil society advocates from across the globe and from a wide range of different mobility contexts. Their invaluable pedagogical tools and research documents demonstrate the urgency and breadth of this important new aspect of international human mobility in our global age.
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Chapter 26: Education: the experience of Latino immigrant adolescents in the United States

Carola Suárez-Orozco and Marcelo Suárez-Orozco


In this chapter, we explore the complex constellation of variables that shape the experiences of Latino/a immigrant-origin youth, serving to undermine or, conversely, bolster their adaptation to American society. These include the social context of reception (economic opportunities, immigration policies, and the social mirror), family capital (poverty, parental education, and whether or not they are documented), individual resources (their socio-emotional challenges and facility in acquiring a second language); and the kinds of schools and communities they encounter (school segregation, the language instruction they receive, and how well prepared their teachers are to provide services to them).

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