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 25: Protection: migrant children and institutional protection

Ravi K.S. Kohli

Abstract

The chapter examines three facets of practice with unaccompanied children. It considers how practical help, emotional support, and companionship by practitioners can be used to construct new lives that are sustainable in new countries. It addresses some complexities of offering reliable assistance to asylum seeking children, where trust and mis-trust co-exist, and where ‘thin’ and neat stories displace the wayward lives that unaccompanied children sometimes lead in order to survive. Using examples from social work practice, the chapter shows how workers calibrate their ways of assisting, in order to bring ordinary life back to children after their extraordinary trajectories towards safety.

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