1st Edition

Global Migration and Diversity of Educational Experiences in the Global South and North A Child-Centred Approach

Edited By Shoba Arun, Khawla Badwan, Hadjer Taibi, Farwa Batool Copyright 2023
    246 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book presents a child-centred approach to migrant children’s experiences in education. Using a decolonising framework, the book interrogates the diversity of migrant experiences in the global South and North.

    The book brings together researchers and practitioners from education, childhood studies, sociology, and linguistics to debate and theorise key methodological and empirical issues in migrant children’s experiences through education. It focuses on how diverse forms of global mobilities are key to transforming educational experiences of children and considers the interplay of class, race, gender, geography, and learning settings. By doing so, the book uncovers particular challenges for addressing sustainable development goals relating to education and inclusive development. Diversifying the study of migration and development, the book challenges the Eurocentrism of the discipline and contributes to ongoing efforts to liberate the field from labels and discourses that further marginalise migrant children.

    Using an intersectional and decolonising approach to address an important gap in the diversity of migrant experiences, the book will be of great interest to researchers, scholars, and students in the field of migration studies, sociology of education, intercultural education, and international development.

    1. Introduction Shoba Arun, Khawla Badwan, Hadjer Taibi and Farwa Batool  Part 1: Methodological, Conceptual and Ethical Considerations in Child Centred Migration Studies  2. Research with migrant children from countries of the Global South: From ethical challenges to the decolonisation of research in the sensitive contexts of modernity Urszula Markowska-Manista and Manfred Liebel  3. Reflexive narrative on identity and exclusion of the Zimbabwean child in the diaspora: ‘The odd-looking fellow’ Shepherd Mutsvara  4. Critical Decolonial Interculturality as a tool to analyse best practices of inclusion centred on migrant children in a multi-ethnic territory of São Paulo city during the COVID-19 pandemic Lucas Rech da Silva  Part 2: Intersectional Inequalities, Racism, Stereotypes and Discrimination of Migrant Pupils  5. 'Othering' and integration of migrant children and young people of Albanian ethnic origin: Evidence from the Slovenian schools Mateja Sedmak, Zorana Medarić, and Lucija Dežan  6. Online learning during a pandemic and its impact on migrant children in Manchester, UK: "When the school closed…and being isolated at home I feel like my heart is closed" Hadjer Taibi, Shoba Arun, Farwa Batool, Aleksandra Szymczyk  7. Impact of the pandemic on refugee education in Greece Nektaria Palaiologou and Viktoria Prekate  Part 3: Well-being of Children in Migration Processes from the Global South: Case Studies 8. A Profile of Well-Being among Children of Kerala Migrants: Growing Up, Left Behind S Irudaya Rajan and Ashwin Kumar  9. What do we know about migration and the role of education in migration?: The case of Uzbekistan Deepa Sankar  10. African Migrant Children's Experiences in South African Schools Mariam Seedat-Khan, Aradhana Ramnund-Mansingh and John Mhandu  11. A comparative study of language learning barriers of German refugees and Cyprus migrant children Hristo Kyuchukov  12. Conclusion: Working towards a hopeful future through child-centric Migration studies perspectives


    Shoba Arun is Professor of International Sociology, Department of Sociology, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK.

    Khawla Badwan is Reader in Applied Linguistics, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK.

    Hadjer Taibi holds a PhD in Applied Linguistics, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK.

    Farwa Batool is a Research Fellow at Bradford Teaching Hospitals, NHS Foundation Trust, UK.

    "Read this ground-breaking collection - it will challenge you to think, read, talk, and think again about what you thought you knew of global migration! Grounded in serious considerations of the pluralithic perspectives of children and youth migrants, this book challenges us to reconsider who are migrants, what are the ideologies and politics which shape their lives, and whose perspective of migration counts. This analysis of young people’s experiences of migration in the Global South and North opens new frontiers of for migration studies which will revitalize teaching and research on mobility, diversity and integration."

    Khayaat Fakier, Prince Claus Chair of Equity and Development, ISS

    "This is a much-needed book that focuses on children to challenge nation-centric epistemologies of migration and migrants. Strident nationalist politics often obscure the ways in which migrants are constructed as "the other" and blamed for a number of social problems. By bringing children to the center, this book shows how states engage in the construction of ideologies against migrants through education systems, along with explicit policies and practices that violate the rhetoric about integration, equality and freedom.   We learn from cases in countries on the edges of the Global North as well as the South so that the theoretical approach rests on a global array of cases.  A significant effort towards decolonializing migrant-focused research."

    Bandana Purkayastha, Professor, Sociology & Asian American Studies, and Associate Dean Social Sciences, University of Connecticut, USA