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 23: The integration of asylum seeking and refugee children: resilience in the face of adversity

Muireann Ní Raghallaigh

Abstract

Refugee children face considerable adversity which poses risks to their well-being. This chapter looks primarily at post-migration experiences and argues that while the vulnerability of refugee children is widely recognized, resilience and agency are also evident. In their efforts to integrate, these children generally seek to find a balance between adapting to their new environments while maintaining connections with their cultures of origin. As the integration process is negotiated, their resilience needs to be harnessed, whether through social support, religion, a broader supportive context or through other means.

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