Sime et al. (2010) At Home Abroad: The life experiences of Eastern European migrant children in Scotland
This report, brings to the fore the experiences of migrant children, giving them a voice which otherwise goes unheard. Their valuable input provides a useful tool for the improvement of service provision for migrant children and their families. The study reveals that although children do not contribute to the family decision to migrate, migrant children emerge as facilitators and mediators post-migration. Children play a crucial role for their families, helping adults to access services and construct new social networks following arrival. In effect migrant children begin playing the role of cultural brokers. The study also found that children were happy with their experiences of education. This satisfaction (and other beneficial opportunities associated with migration) was central to the decision that migrant parents made to remain in Scotland or return to the country of origin. The report concludes that migrant children’s successful transition is a vital factor that policy makers must consider when bidding to attract and retain skilled migrants.
Sime, D., Fox, R. and Pietka, E. (2010) At Home Abroad: The life experiences of Eastern European migrant children in Scotland. Glasgow: University of Strathclyde.