Children in immigrant families in eight affluent countries
Their family, National and International context
The UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre (IRC) in
United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) - August 2009
Available online PDF [116p.] at: http://www.unicef-irc.org/publications/pdf/ii_immig_families.pdf
“…….During recent decades, most affluent countries have experienced large increases in the number and diversity of immigrants. Accordingly, it is projected that children in immigrant families today will be increasingly prominent as workers, voters and parents over the coming years. The social, economic and civic integration of these children is of critical policy relevance, yet there is little statistical evidence available on this segment of the immigrant population.
Children in Immigrant Families in Eight Affluent Countries presents internationally comparable data for this group of children, drawing on research conducted in eight advanced industrialized countries: -
The study provides detailed information on the situation of these children over a broad range of dimensions, including family composition, educational background and working status of parents, and housing conditions, school and labour market participation and poverty status of children, presenting statistics broken down by region and GDP level of the country of origin.
Overall, the findings indicate areas of success in the social inclusion and civic integration of children in immigrant families in different countries. They also highlight areas in which the circumstances of the children, particularly those from low- and middle income countries, call for further improvement.
Governments are urged to ensure that their policies facilitate full participation of these children, for example by adopting and promoting policies that foster civic participation, promote access to education and employment, ensure access to appropriate housing and reduce poverty…..”
2. Immigration Policies and Processes
3. Global Origins of Children in Immigrant Families
4. Children in Immigrant Families: Looking to the Future
5. The Social Inclusion and Civil Integration of Immigrant Families
6. Family Composition
8. Civic Participation
9. Parental Education
10. Parental Paid Employment
11. Poverty and Social Transfer Support
13. Education among Children in Immigrant Families
15. Health Status, Adjustment and Acculturation
16. Government Policies on Children in Immigrant Families
Annex: Recent and Historical Changes in Immigrant Origins and Policies in the Eight Affluent Countries
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