The Children's Crusade: Migrant Children

Wednesday, 18 July 2018: 15:30-17:20
RC53 Sociology of Childhood (host committee)

Language: English

“The Children’s Crusade”: Migrant Children


Children’s migration remind us Brecht’s poem (1953) about children, who had lost their parents and siblings due to cruel war in Poland in the Winter of nineteen thirty-nine. “They wanted to fly from the fighting… come upon a land where there was peace.” Unfortunately they were last seen wandering in the sky. Many children’s migrants have had the same destiny currently. We understand children migrants as immigrant, transnational, refugee, and stateless children. This proposal intends to present and discuss children’s migrations and lives using intersecionality as an analytical tool (Collins & Bilge, 2016). This procedure allows us to understand and explain children’s migrations and lives connecting the increased global social inequality, and power/violence/xenophobic nationalism used by authoritarian regimes to social divisions of race/ethnicity, gender, age, national origin, citizenship status, social class, family, transgenerational stress, school, religion and labor. Children’s responses depend if they are received with justice and care provided by nations’ non-authoritarian governments, civil society, which is not homogeneous, and grassroots.

Session Organizers:
Ethel KOSMINSKY, Independent Sociologist. Retired Sao Paulo State University/Queens College, USA and Mary OKAMOTO, Sao Paulo State University (UNESP) - Assis, Brazil
Ethel KOSMINSKY, Independent Sociologist. Retired Sao Paulo State University/Queens College, USA
Oral Presentations
Immigrant Children in Chile: Violence, Rights and Agency
Iskra PAVEZ, Universidad Bernardo O'Higgins, Chile; Caterine GALAZ, Universidad de Chile, Chile
Migrant and Refugee Children in Polish Schools – (non) Discriminatory School Practices
Urszula MARKOWSKA-MANISTA, Maria Grzegorzewska University in Warsaw, UNESCO Janusz Korczak Chair in Interdisciplinary Studies on Child Development and Well-being, Poland; Dominika ZAKRZEWSKA-OLEDZKA, The Maria Grzegorzewska University in Warsaw, Poland
Itinerary of a Migrant Identity
Sadao OMOTE, São Paulo State University, Brazil
Transnationality, Mobility and Belongingness of Chinese Cross-Border Students
Anita Kit-wa CHAN, The Education University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Distributed Papers
Unaccompanied Migrant Minors: Conceptualizations of Childhood, Child Rights and Well-Being
Roberta DI ROSA, University of Palermo, Italy; Ravinder BARN, Royal Holloway University of London, United Kingdom