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Schooling, education, and migration

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  1. Fethi Mansouri

Published Online: 4 FEB 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781444351071.wbeghm473

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

How to Cite

Mansouri, F. 2013. Schooling, education, and migration. The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 4 FEB 2013

Abstract

Young people have been the focal point in recent debates about immigration, multiculturalism, cultural diversity, and the notion of living with difference. Within this overall debate, cultural identity and articulations of belonging and attachment remain central issues for migrant youth, regardless of how much time has elapsed since leaving their country of origin. Cultural identity is particularly salient for migrant youth who negotiate identity space comfortably alongside, in opposition to, or more commonly, somewhere in between their immigrant parents' conceptions and understanding of culture and the receiving culture within which they live. Unlike their native peers, migrant youth are exposed to intra-ethnic and interethnic dynamics in their journey towards cultural identity formation. These experiences can be fluid, complex, and diverse and are navigated within multilayered ethnic, racial, familial, gendered, socioeconomic, and educational contexts. Within this complex environment, education plays a crucial role in the settlement experiences of migrants irrespective of the period of settlement. This essay argues that the two critical dimensions of identity and education interact and combine to impact on the settlement and cultural adjustment experiences of migrant youth irrespective of their formal status in the countries of residence.

Keywords:

  • demography and population studies;
  • development;
  • poverty;
  • immigration;
  • equality