This special issue explores the experiences and perspectives of both the Europe-born adult children of refugees and those who arrived in the country of residence at a young age. While the lives of those from the refugee generation have been well researched, little is known about their children and the complex ways in which their refugee backgrounds may shape their lives. Within academic research and scholarship, members of the second generation from refugee backgrounds are largely subsumed within the wider analysis of ethnic minorities or integrated into studies of second-generation migrants. Consequently, we know little about how the children of refugees fare within the broader analyses of ethnicity, nor what their social, economic, cultural and transnational lives are like. This special issue shows how policy, culture, class, gender and refugee background, including their parent’s histories, shape the lives of those of the second generation. The five contributions consider the classical foci of studies on integration: access to school and education, racialisation, transnational lives and political engagement. The collection of papers offers a unique insight into the different ways in which growing up within refugee families in Europe may impact on the second generation’s everyday lives.
Young refugees in education: the particular challenges of school systems in Europe
Claudia Koehler and Jens Schneider - https://doi.org/10.1186/s40878-019-0129-3
Racialization in Switzerland: experiences of children of refugees from Kurdish, Tamil and Vietnamese backgrounds
Laurence Ossipow, Anne-Laure Counilh and Milena Chimienti - https://doi.org/10.1186/s40878-019-0117-7
How the different policies and school systems affect the inclusion of Syrian refugee children in Sweden, Germany, Greece, Lebanon and Turkey
Maurice Crul, Frans Lelie, Özge Biner, Nihad Bunar, Elif Keskiner, Ifigenia Kokkali, Jens Schneider and Maha Shuayb - https://doi.org/10.1186/s40878-018-0110-6
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