The aim of this workshop is to review and get a better understanding of processes and experiences as lived by children involved in and affected by migration. We welcome papers from different countries based on recent ethnographic research and new theoretical perspectives on children and migration.
The new "era of migration" (Castles & Miller, 1998) has brought major changes in Europe. Political trends show a radicalisation of ideological positions related to notions of citizenship and identity while the survival -or the development- of welfare state systems is being seriously reconsidered. Newspaper headlines inform us of dramatic consequences of these trends for the children of immigrants and child migrants. Traditional visions of immigration provided by former debates and research are no longer sufficient in order to understand the processes and experiences affecting children involved in migration. Basic areas of such processes and experiences do to a certain extent remain unexplored; reunification, transnational households and families, rights and conditions to access legal status, experiences of belonging. New studies conclude that there is a need for cross-national comparisons (cf. CHIP, 2000, Portes & DeWind, 2007), and we also argue that there is a need for a stronger engagement of anthropologistst in migration research on children and childhood This workshop will offer a space to present recent ethnographic research from different European areas and discuss new theoretical perspectives. The aim is to review and get a better understanding of processes and experiences as lived by the children involved in and affected by migration.