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 7: Migrant children (including Roma children) from the Balkans and East Europe

Olivier Peyroux


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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