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Pre-flight experiences and migration stories: the accounts of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children

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Much work about transnational migration and mobility overlooks the active role of children in such processes and experiences. This paper counters the omission from the literature by exploring the pre-flight experiences and migration stories of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children in Scotland. In doing so, we demonstrate that unaccompanied minors experience a range of traumatic situations in their countries of origin including, the death or persecution of family members, war, forced recruitment and personal persecution. In their experiences of transnational migration processes, the majority are brought by an agent, with accounts of smuggling and trafficking being minimal.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Hopkins PE, Hill M

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Children's Geographies

Year: 2008

Volume: 6

Issue: 3

Pages: 257-268

ISSN (print): 1473-3285

ISSN (electronic): 1473-3277

Publisher: Routledge


DOI: 10.1080/14733280802183981


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