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Children and Forced Migration

Durable Solutions During Transient Years

  • Marisa O. Ensor
  • Elżbieta M. Goździak

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Marisa O. Ensor, Elżbieta M. Goździak
    Pages 1-21
  3. Durable Solutions and Crises: Displacement of Children and Youth Resulting from Humanitarian Emergencies

  4. Repatriation and (Re)Integration: Dilemmas of Sustainable Return

  5. Asylum-Seeking and Local Integration: Protection and Assimilation in Exile

  6. Resettlement in a Third Country: In Transit to Various Foreign Lands

About this book


This book responds to the reality that children and youth constitute a disproportionately large percentage of displaced populations worldwide. It demonstrates how their hopes and aspirations reflect the transient nature of their age group, and often differ from those of their elders. It also examines how they face additional difficulties due to the inconsistent definition and uneven implementation of the traditional ‘durable solutions’ to forced migration implemented by national governments and international assistance agencies. The authors use empirical research findings and robust policy analyses of cases of child displacement across the globe to make their central argument: that the particular challenges and opportunities that displaced children and youth face must be investigated and factored into relevant policy and practice, promoting more sustainable and durable solutions in the process. This interdisciplinary edited collection will appeal to students and scholars of forced migration studies, development, conflict and peace-building and youth studies, along with policy-makers, children's rights organizations and NGOs.


Displacement Post-war societies Repatriation Integration Resettlement Humanitarian aid Human development

Editors and affiliations

  • Marisa O. Ensor
    • 1
  • Elżbieta M. Goździak
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute for the Study of International MigrationGeorgetown UniversityWashington, DCUSA
  2. 2.Institute for the Study of International MigrationGeorgetown UniversityWashington, DCUSA

About the editors

Marisa O. Ensor is Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University, USA, and an Affiliated Scholar with the Institute for the Study of International Migration. She is also a Research Associate at the International Institute for Child Rights and Development, Canada. She is a socio-legal scholar and practitioner with a double disciplinary background in applied cultural anthropology and human rights law.

Elźbieta M. Goździak is Research Professor at the Institute for the Study of International Migration at Georgetown University, USA. She has served as Editor of International Migration and previously held a senior position within the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) in the US Department of Health and Human Services.

Bibliographic information


“This book brings new perspective to one of the most important public policy issues of today--the fate of millions of children forced to leave their homes because of conflict and other life threatening events. Ensor and Gozdziak's focus on durable and transitional solutions addresses one of the principal challenges in humanitarian response in an era when too many children are stuck in limbo for too many years. A must read for policymakers and researchers alike.” (Susan Martin, Georgetown University, USA)

“With broad geographic scope and commendable analytic clarity, this volume is a gift to those interested in improving our global response to a human rights imperative that is not going to disappear any time soon.” (Jacqueline Bhabha, Harvard Law School, USA)