Tag Archives: children

Language learning for migrant children in Germany: separate or inclusive?

German schools currently receive newly immigrated children without knowledge of the local language in so-called ‘Vorbereitungsklassen’, ‘Sprachlernklassen’ or most commonly ‘Willkommensklassen’ – Welcome Classes. The basic idea is to group newly arrived children together to allow them to learn the German language in a supportive and non-competitive environment for up to one year before they […]

Alone in the Sand: Syrian Refugee Children Abandoned by European Governments

In 1938, a young British stockbroker named Nicholas Winton travelled to Prague. On the eve of the Second World War, he evacuated 669 mostly Jewish children from occupied Czechoslovakia to Britain. In the UK he is celebrated as a hero. Just over a year ago, Sir Nicholas Winton died peacefully aged 106. Thanks to him […]

Immigration in the U.S. Courts: An Update

The past few months have seen a flurry of activity in U.S. courts on a variety of immigration-related cases, some more positive for immigrants than others. United States v. Texas As I’ve previously written, the most high-profile immigration litigation in the U.S. over the last year has been the lawsuit over President Obama’s executive actions. […]

Learning to see: Child trafficking and the burden of public awareness

Human trafficking is often referred to, or used interchangeably with, modern day slavery. Most commonly these terms bring up imagery of shackles, complete servitude, and restricted movement. While these situations can be realities, the phenomenon of human trafficking is more complex and can manifest in diverse ways. Given the complexities and diversities of human trafficking, […]

When Welcoming Communities Spark Change

In the news of the unaccompanied minors flooding into the United States this year, it would be easy to focus on how the arrival of thousands of children has sparked a backlash from overwhelmed border communities. The numbers are staggering, the needs extensive – how can people cope? But there’s another way to look at […]

A Nation of Immigrants that Hates Newer Immigrants?

In a recent segment on his show, Jon Stewart, satirically addresses different discussion points concerning the “border crisis” on the U.S./Mexico border, especially in regards to the surge of unaccompanied child migrants. Within this segment he comments, “We have always been a nation of immigrants that hates newer immigrants.” While the U.S. is a nation […]

“We don’t see the emotional needs”: Caring for Young Children in Refugee Camps

The world’s refugee crisis is not getting any smaller. In 2013, there were 10.4 million people around the world with the designation “of concern to the UNHCR” – a group of people usually known as refugees, in addition 4.8 million people in the Middle East were cared for by the UNRWA. As always these numbers […]

Why Are Unaccompanied Children Fleeing Central America, and How Can the U.S. and Others Respond?

The number of unaccompanied migrant children crossing the southern border of the United States has been growing exponentially in recent years, finally reaching a tipping point in the past several weeks.  After a record-breaking almost 25,000 unaccompanied minors were taken into the care of the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) in fiscal year 2013, […]

The Relationship Between Central American Street Gangs and Regular and Irregular Migration Patterns

Within the last month, there has been substantial discussion about whether the U.S. is facing a ‘border crisis’ owing to a rise in the number of children who cross the border into the U.S. unaccompanied. Recent articles have discussed the reasons why so many children are embarking on the perilous journey from Central America to […]

Access to Education is an Important Component of Immigrant Integration

“Today, education is perhaps the most important function of state and local governments. Compulsory school attendance laws and the great expenditures for education both demonstrate our recognition of the importance of education to our democratic society. It is required in the performance of our most basic public responsibilities, even service in the armed forces. It […]