Introduction: Durable Solutions During Transient Years
Ensor and Goździak open this book by outlining the most salient themes emerging in the current wave of international interest in children during forced migration. Scholarship, policy, programming, and advocacy efforts undertaken on behalf of these youngsters and their families have remained fragmented, with forms of child displacement often treated in isolation from one another. At the same time, interventions have continued to be dominated by a state-centric, sedentarist mentality that also has tended to ignore intergenerational and gender-based differences in the experiences of young forced migrants. This chapter lays out the structure of the book and introduces the subsequent contributions. Contributors examine the progress and challenges facing worldwide efforts to protect forcibly displaced children and youth in a variety of contexts, attending especially to the juxtaposition between the transience of childhood and the so-called “durable solutions” to forced migration.
KeywordsChild Migrant Refugee Camp Local Integration Refugee Child Forced Migration
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