Transnational migration, changing care arrangements and left-behind children's responses in South-east Asia
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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.
Hoang , L , Lam , T , Yeoh , B & Graham , E 2014 , ' Transnational migration, changing care arrangements and left-behind children's responses in South-east Asia ' Children's Geographies . DOI: 10.1080/14733285.2015.972653
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The authors are grateful to the Wellcome Trust, UK, for funding the CHAMPSEA project [GR079946/B/06/Z and GR079946/Z/06/Z], Asia Research Institute for funding the conference ‘Inter-Asia Roundtable 2010 – Transnational Migration and Children in Asian Contexts' where this paper was first presented and Singapore Ministry of Education Academic Research Fund Tier 1 (R-109-000-156-112) for supporting the work behind the publication of this paper.
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