Raising Children in Exile: Experiences of Highly Educated Eritrean Migrants in the UK

Tsegay, Samson M. (2021) Raising Children in Exile: Experiences of Highly Educated Eritrean Migrants in the UK. International Studies in Sociology of Education. ISSN 1747-5066

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Child-rearing practices can be challenging for migrants who often require socio-cultural and emotional adjustments. This article discusses parenting in exile with a focus on the experiences of highly educated Eritrean migrants in the UK. Qualitative data are collected from eighteen highly educated Eritrean migrants selected through purposive and snowball sampling from the UK. The findings indicate that highly educated Eritrea migrants aspire to avoid harmful traditional ways of treating children and all the repercussions associated with them. Moreover, with the help of their educational qualifications, my participants support their children in social and academic activities and guide them to cultivate bi-cultural coping skills. However, the migrant parents face challenges related to lack of parenting experiences and familiar support systems. The article contributes to the advancement of migration knowledge by adding new perspectives to the nexus of migration and child-raising.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Parenting, refugee, immigrant children, higher education, Eritrea
Faculty: Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine & Social Care
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic User
Depositing User: Symplectic User
Date Deposited: 13 May 2021 14:39
Last Modified: 24 Nov 2022 02:02
URI: https://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/706583

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