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At home abroad: the life experiences of children of migrant workers in Scotland

Sime, Daniela and Fox, Rachael and Pietka, Emilia (2010) At home abroad: the life experiences of children of migrant workers in Scotland. [Report]

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Abstract

The primary aim of this research is to inform the public debate and policy making organisations on the issue of children of migrant workers coming to Britain. Focussing on children aged 6-14 of Eastern European migrants; the study provides a unique perspective on the lives of children and young people settling in Scotland as a result of their parents’ migration for work purposes. The research explores children’s views on what it is like to start life in another country, what impact family migration has on their relationships and identity, and what are the main challenges they face. The study will take place over 21 months. The first stage involves several focus groups with migrant children to identify shared experiences of migration. The second stage consists of detailed case studies of over 20 migrant children between 6-14 years old and their families. Semi-structured interviews will be conducted with parents, while children will be invited to take control of the research process through the use of modern technologies such as digital and video cameras. The findings will be disseminated through reports and events suitable for young people, the general public as well as academic audiences, service providers and policy makers.