Immigrant and Migrant Children: Current Issues and Challenges


Matthieu Demers (Editor)

Series: Social Issues, Justice and Status

This compilation opens with a study that seeks to understand the ways in which various parent involvement behaviors impact Hmong elementary students’ academic abilities in reading and math, also investigating whether or not Hmong students’ English proficiency moderates these relationships.

The subsequent study focuses on the interrelation between family factors, child-rearing conditions, parents’ mindset and formation of civic and ethnic identity of teenagers in mono-ethnic and interethnic families of migrants.

The authors go on to present the systemic and cultural stressors voiced specifically by Mexican-American youth, providing implications for community-based participatory research, intervention work, and advocacy.

Following this, they assess the outcomes of a school intervention program aimed at improving interethnic relations among primary school children in Italy through foreign language learning activities.

The academic achievements and educational trajectories of the children of immigrants in Austria are examined. In particular, the experiences of second- and third-generation pupils may provide a clearer indication of the long-term prospects for integration than those of first-generation immigrants.

In closing, Immigrant and Migrant Children: Current Issues and Challenges reviews the current literature about the harmful implications of arrest, detention, and deportation on undocumented children’s mental health, discussing the underlying factors of the harmful consequences.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Hmong American Children’s Perceptions of Parents’ Involvement in Their Education
(Jordan Timmons, Zha Blong Xiong, Kyle Nickodem and Jacqueline Braughton, Department of Family Social Science, University of Minnesota, Saint Paul, Minnesota, US)

Chapter 2. Family Factors of Russian Civic Identity Formation among Migrant Children
(Olga N. Bezrukova, PhD, Valentina A. Samoylova, PhD, and Yulia A. Possel, PhD, Department of Sociology, Saint-Petersburg State University, Saint-Petersburg, Russia, and others)

Chapter 3. Systemic and Cultural Stressors among Mexican American Youth: Immigration, Inequality, and Acculturation
(Kyle C. Deane, PhD, Stephanie Torres, PhD, Maryse Richards, PhD, Dakari Quimby, PhD, Catherine DeCarlo Santiago, PhD, Carolina Escobar, Bridget Murphy, Parmida Zarei, Kathryn Bocanegra, PhD, and Suzel Bautista, Shriners Hospitals for Children, Chicago, Illinois, US, and others)

Chapter 4. Reducing Ethnic Prejudice through Inclusive Language Learning Practices: A Research and Intervention on Children, Parents and Teachers
(Sabine Pirchio, Francesco Arcidiacono, Ylenia Passiatore and Giuseppe Carrus, Sapienza University of Rome, Rome, Italy, and others)

Chapter 5. Immigration and Social Inequality: Explaining Differences in Educational Trajectories for Ethnic Minority Youths in Austria
(Philipp Schnell, PhD, and Oliver Gruber, PhD, Austrian Chamber of Labour, Vienna, Austria)

Chapter 6. Children behind Bars: The Harmful Impact of Arrest, Detention and Deportation on Undocumented Children’s Mental Health
(Yael Mayer, PhD, Ido Lurie, Essam Daod, Rotem Zamir, Yuval Bloch, Shmuel Kron, Daniel Hamiel, Noam Sarna, and Noa Cohen, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, and others)


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