Children and Childhoods 3: Immigrant and Refugee Families
Immigrant and Refugee Families is about crossing borders – something that many people do every day. Crossing borders is not a new endeavour. This activity has a protracted history and can be traced back to before the Common Era. Sometimes people choose to cross borders, perhaps seeking new adventure, employment or personal fulfilment. Sometimes people are forced to flee their country of origin in an effort to avoid armed conflict or abuse of their human rights.
The shaping of national policies and the manner in which a nation positions itself on the international stage draw heavily on crossing borders, both inward and outward. Additionally, there exists an obligation to understand relationships with and within immigrant and refugee groups. Empowering children and families, comprehending and appreciating dynamic connections to cultural heritage and fashioning responsive actions to needs and expectations are at the core of place and identity. Immigrant and Refugee Families provides insights into some of the complex issues faced by those who cross borders. It invites ongoing discussion around practices of empowering immigrant and refugee children and families when settling into their new country.
This book is part of a series. View the full series, "Children and Childhoods", here.
Katey De Gioia is a Lecturer at the Institute of Early Childhood, Macquarie University, Australia. Katey’s research interests include supporting teachers, families and children from immigrant and refugee backgrounds transitioning into educational institutions. She was recently awarded a Macquarie University Faculty and Vice Chancellor’s Award for Programs that Enhance Learning, leading a project that supported international students during professional experience placement in school environments.
Peter Whiteman is Deputy Head of the Institute of Early Childhood, Macquarie University, Australia and Senior Lecturer in Creative Arts. His research interests span early childhood music education, musical development, emergent symbol systems and reconstructed childhoods.
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