Journal of International Migration and Integration

, Volume 17, Issue 4, pp 1163–1180 | Cite as

“Living in Our Own World”: Parental Influence on the Identity Development of Second-Generation Ethiopian and Eritrean Youth During Their Formative Years

  • Mary GoitomEmail author


This study explored the process of identity formation of second-generation Ethiopian and Eritrean youth in Toronto, Canada. Analysis of 20 in-depth interviews presented pathways of acculturation whereby first-generation parents parlay their adaptive process onto their children, influencing the self-identity trajectories and repertoires of the children in their formative years. Findings suggest that parental, social, and cultural forces are an inseparable and critical component of the development of identity. Participants’ identity formation in their formative years was one of high-level cultural identity with their parents’ culture of origin.


Ethiopian/Eritrean Identity Immigrants Parenting Second-generation youth 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Social Work, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional StudiesYork UniversityTorontoCanada

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