What Kind of Welcome? Addressing the Integration Needs of Central American Children and Adolescents in US Local Communities

  • Elżbieta M. Goździak


Unaccompanied child migrants from Central America and Mexico arriving at the US southern border became national news in the summer of 2014. Child advocates called for protecting the children and ensuring due process in immigration proceedings. The attention centered on the push factors driving the arrival of unaccompanied children and their treatment while in government custody. This chapter focuses on integration challenges these young people face while awaiting their immigration hearing. It aims to answer the following questions: How will they fare in the families and communities to whom they have been released? Will their relatives embrace them? How will antiimmigrant sentiments affect their daily lives? Will they be integrated into US schools or even go to school? Who will support them?


Immigrant Child Immigrant Student Immigrant Youth Refugee Child Unify School District 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Elżbieta M. Goździak
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  1. 1.Institute for the Study of International Migration (ISIM)Georgetown UniversityWashington, DCUSA

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