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Children and Forced Migration

This book responds to the reality that children and youth constitute a disproportionately large percentage of displaced populations worldwide. It demonstrates how their hopes and aspirations reflect the transient nature of their age group, and often differ from those of their elders. It also examines how they face additional difficulties due to the inconsistent definition and uneven implementation of the traditional 'durable solutions' to forced migration implemented by national governments and international assistance agencies. The authors use empirical research findings and robust policy analyses of cases of child displacement across the globe to make their central argument: that the particular challenges and opportunities that displaced children and youth face must be investigated and factored into relevant policy and practice, promoting more sustainable and durable solutions in the process. This interdisciplinary edited collection will appeal to students and scholars of forced migration studies, development, conflict and peace-building and youth studies, along with policy-makers, children's rights organizations and NGOs.
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Introduction; Marisa O. Ensor and Elzbieta M. Gozdziak.- Part I. Repatriation and (Re)integration: Dilemmas of Sustainable Return.- Chapter 1. Refugee Girls and Boys and the Dilemmas of (Un)sustainable Return in South Sudan; Marisa O. Ensor.- Chapter 2. The Socio-economic Integration of First- and Second-Generation Returned Youth in Burundi; Sonja Fransen & Melissa Siegel.- Chapter 3. Chapter 3. Global Citizen: A Certification Solution for School Age Children Affected by Conflict; Jen Steele.- Part II. Asylum Seeking and Local Integration: Protection and Assimilation in Exile.- Chapter 4. The Long-term Consequences of Displacement: Measuring Differences in Human Capital Formation of Children in Afghanistan; Craig Loschmann.- Chapter 5. A Systems Approach to Child Protection: Does the Theory Meet the Realities of Children in Refugee Situations?; Ulrike Krause and Susanne Hassel.- Chapter 6. Refugee Children, Human Rights, and Local Integration; Emily Arnold-Fernandez.- Part III. Resettlement to a Third Country: In Transit to Other Foreign Lands.- Chapter 7. Finding Better Ways: Supporting Resettled Refugee Families Dealing with Inter-generational Conflict; Ibolya (Ibi) Losoncz.- Chapter 8. Unaccompanied Minors Trapped in Transit in Indonesia: Intimate Relationships, Exploitation and Resilience; Antje Missbach and Danau Tanu.- Chapter 9. No Date on the Door: Direct Provision Housing, Child Asylum Seekers, and Violations of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child; Narintohn Luangrath.- Part IV. Durable Solutions and Crises: Displacement of Children and Youth Resulting from Humanitarian Emergencies.- Chapter 10. Enduring Solutions in the Midst of Crisis? Refugee Children in Europe; Anhared Price.- Chapter 11. The phenomenon of refugee children and adolescents in Ukraine and their local integration in Poland; Martin P. Borzecki.- Chapter 12. What Kind of Welcome? Addressing Integration Needs of Central American Children and Adolescents in Local Communities in the United States; Elzbieta M. Gozdziak.- Part V. Durable Solutions for Other Forms of Forced Migration: Stateless Children, New Citizens and Child Laborers.- Chapter 13. Turning the Invisible into the Visible: Stateless Children in Italy; Nicoletta Policek.- Chapter 14. Practicing Citizenship: Articulation of Youth in East Timorese Ex-Refugee Community In Naibonat, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia; Realisa Masardi and G.R. Lono L. Simatupang.- Durable Solutions during Transient Years: Conclusions and Recommendations; Elzbieta M. Gozdziak and Marisa O. Ensor.

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"This book brings new perspective to one of the most important public policy issues of today--the fate of millions of children forced to leave their homes because of conflict and other life threatening events. Ensor and Gozdziak's focus on durable and transitional solutions addresses one of the principal challenges in humanitarian response in an era when too many children are stuck in limbo for too many years. A must read for policymakers and researchers alike." (Susan Martin, Georgetown University, USA) "With broad geographic scope and commendable analytic clarity, this volume is a gift to those interested in improving our global response to a human rights imperative that is not going to disappear any time soon." (Jacqueline Bhabha, Harvard Law School, USA)

About the Author

Marisa O. Ensor is Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University, USA, and an Affiliated Scholar with the Institute for the Study of International Migration. She is also a Research Associate at the International Institute for Child Rights and Development, Canada. She is a socio-legal scholar and practitioner with a double disciplinary background in applied cultural anthropology and human rights law. Elzbieta M. Gozdziak is Research Professor at the Institute for the Study of International Migration at Georgetown University, USA. She has served as Editor of International Migration and previously held a senior position within the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) in the US Department of Health and Human Services.

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