Immigrant Children

Immigrant children are defined as children who themselves or whose parents are born in a different country than where they currently reside. Immigrant children have distinct characteristics due to the transnational histories they experience along with their families. Immigration experience has implications for children’s development, social experiences, culture, and education. In this entry, immigrant children’s identity development, social and educational experiences, cultural and media perception, health, and well-being are discussed. This entry also discusses some of the policies that directly impact immigrant children. The broad category of immigrant children includes children whose parents immigrated into the host country for education and work-related reasons, and also children who arrived in the host country because of political and social issues, a war threat, poverty, or other danger ...

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