Children of Migrant Workers

Transnational Migration, Changing Care Arrangements and Left-Behind Children's Responses in South-East Asia

Author : Brenda S.A. Yeoh, Theodora Lam, Lan Anh Hoang, Elspeth Graham | 2016
Published By: Children Geographies

Recent increases in the volume of labour migration from South-east Asia – and in particular the feminisation of these movements – suggest that millions of children are growing up in transnational families, separated from their migrant parents. Drawing on both quantitative and qualitative data collected in Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam, the study seeks to elucidate care arrangements for left-behind children and to understand the ways in which children respond to shifts in intimate family relations brought about by (re) configurations of their care. Our findings emphasise that children, through strategies of resistance, resilience and reworking, are conscious social actors and agents of their own development, albeit within constrained situations resulting from their parents’ migration.

URL : http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/14733285.2015.972653

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