Transnational migration, changing care arrangements and left-behind children's responses in South-east Asia

Lan Hoang, Theodora Lam, Brenda Yeoh, Elspeth Graham

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    Abstract

    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.
    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages17
    JournalChildren's Geographies
    Early online date23 Oct 2014
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2014

    Keywords

    • Left-behind children
    • Care arrangements
    • Agency
    • Transnational migration
    • South-East Asia

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