Family migration decision-making, step-migration and separation: children’s experiences in European migrant worker family

Moskal, M. and Tyrell, N. (2016) Family migration decision-making, step-migration and separation: children’s experiences in European migrant worker family. Children's Geographies, 14(4), pp. 453-467. (doi: 10.1080/14733285.2015.1116683)

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Abstract

Intra-European family migration has extended the realm in which families live and work in Europe. This paper joins a limited number of recent attempts to analyse family migration using a children-in-families approach [Bushin, N. 2009. Researching Family Migration Decision-Making: A Children-in-Families Approach.” Population, Space and Place, 15: 429–443]. In contrast to existing studies on this theme, our focus is on children's migration decision-making, experiences of step-migration and experiences of separation from parents during processes of intra-European family migration. Little is known about children's views and experiences of step-migration and separation from their parent(s) during family migration. Such experiences have implications for the spatial and temporal construction of family and childhood in Europe, where transnational mobility is increasing. This paper discusses children's experiences of separation in two research contexts, Scotland and the Republic of Ireland, to illustrate common features of the phenomena. The paper analyses family relationships relevant to migration decisions and explains their effects on children's agency, as well as on family integrity itself.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Moskal, Dr Marta
Authors: Moskal, M., and Tyrell, N.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education > Social Justice Place and Lifelong Education
Journal Name:Children's Geographies
Publisher:Routledge
ISSN:1473-3285
ISSN (Online):1473-3277
Published Online:08 December 2015
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2015 Taylor and Francis
First Published:First published in Children's Geographies 14(4): 453-467
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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