In this chapter, we review some of the research on migration as it relates specifically to young people, and briefly present some evidence from our own and others’ work. Like Castles and Miller (2003: 25), we see migrations as ‘collective phenomena, which should be examined as subsystems of an increasingly global economic and political system’. Even so, we believe there is a need to focus on the particularities of young peoples’ experiences and concerns, and to recognise their agency in this process. We start by situating our discussion within the changing causes, patterns and power structures of migration more broadly, and consider the importance of taking into account child migrants in particular. We then move on to discuss the different categories of child migrants; and finally we consider the more personal ways in which migration changes family relationships, and how migrant children are positioned by the institution of the school.
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