Chapter 7: Migrant children (including Roma children) from the Balkans and East Europe
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Drawing on rich field research experience investigating children from the Balkan area, this chapter sets out to deconstruct some of the complex sociological mechanisms driving contemporary child migration from Eastern Europe. Widely held misconceptions linked to myths and clichés of poverty, immigration, or ethnic stereotyping continue to fuel this phenomenon often leading professionals and institutions to fail to correctly identify and protect children from Eastern Europe. This chapter also approaches the problem from the innovative perspective of the child migrants themselves, and explores their legitimate aspirations to attain a personal image of self-worth and social recognition in the eyes of their peers.

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