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Moving Stories: Moving Stories: Transnational Family Separations & Transnational Family Separations & Reunifications Reunifications CAROLA SUÁREZ-OROZCO, Ph.D. New York University United Nations New York November 19, 2008
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What is the Transnational Family? What is the Transnational Family? Globalization – leading to people crossing borders rather export people instead of crops Network of social relations Spans borders Transnational multi-locality Family practices undertaken across borders Family, or parts of it, embedded in new contexts 2
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The Significance of Transnational The Significance of Transnational Families Families Prevalence of transnational families across the globe: Roughly 200 million people living outside their home country If each leaves at least 2 people behind = 600 million people involved Huge internal migration within China and India (upwards of 100 million in each country) Approximately a billion individuals may be part of a transnational family constellation Separations often anticipated to be short-term but due to structure of immigrant entrance categories
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Longitudinal interdisciplinary, & comparative Documenting continuities and discontinuities in immigrant children's educational attitudes and adaptations over time Children originated in Central America, China, Recruited from 51 schools in 7 school districts in the Boston & San Francisco areas [ethnographic observations in 20 schools] Partially funded to date by the National Science Foundation, the W.T. Grant Foundation and The Spencer Foundation Longitudinal Immigrant Student Adaptation Study
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6% 30% 49% Family Comes All Together Separated from Mother only Separated from Father only Separated from Both From Whom was Child Separated? From Whom was Child Separated?
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