WP5 — Well-being of migrant children: objective and subjective measures
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The aim of the work package is to tease out issues that influence the subjective well-being of migrant children — both those who have emigrated away from their homeland as well as those who have remigrated after living elsewhere for a period of time.

Among topics covered in the analysis will be the children’s sense of belonging (to the new country of residence, and the country of origin), their sense of family, self-esteem, identity, coping strategies regarding integration into the new school system (both academically and socially), future hopes and dreams, a sense of emotional and physical well-being (frequency of illness, mood swings, withdrawal, unfamiliar characteristics that may surface), resilience (the ability to cope with change).

These topics will be raised with parents, children and teachers at various stages in the form of interviews of the migration process – before (re)migration, soon after migration and a year after migration to get a sense of the changes (if any) in the families and their attitude to life in general.

The key research question this WP aims to answer is: Looking from both a subjective and objective perspective what are the key factors that affect migrant childrens’ sense of happiness and well-being? We hypothesise that repeatedly uprooted school-aged children need long-term support, specifically catered to their individual needs, and that support mechanisms need to be available not only for children but for parents as well.

Added: 18.07.2019
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