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 30: Learning as agency: strategies of survival among young unaccompanied Somali asylum seekers in Turkey

Eda Elif Tibet


An examination of the politics and provisions of the state’s education for unaccompanied minor asylum seekers in Turkey, the ethnography gives new insights into two distinct learning strategies of schooling and labouring employed by Ali and Hanif, two Somali unaccompanied asylum seeking youth in Turkey. Agency in relation to learning is gauged from a perspective of transformation factoring in survival in shared contexts and constructs of uncertainty. The research has been partially conducted within a state care facility for unaccompanied minor asylum seekers in Istanbul and partially outside of the city during a year’s fieldwork.

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