Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Submission deadline: May 30, 2014
The Migration Policy Institute’s (MPI) National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy is launching an interdisciplinary research initiative to examine the circumstances and well-being of young children (birth to age 10) in refugee families. Research on refugees in the United States has largely focused on adults and their access to employment and social services. Less is known about the children of refugees (themselves refugees or the U.S.-born children of resettled refugee parents) and the risk and protective factors that promote their healthy development and academic success.
MPI is soliciting papers by both established and young scholars working in forced migration, child development, education, public health, demography, sociology, psychology, psychiatry, anthropology, economics, public policy, and other relevant fields. Papers documenting how these children are faring in the United States are welcomed, as are those offering comparisons between young children of refugees in the United States and other countries of resettlement, and those that shed light on the pre-resettlement experiences of first-generation refugee children resettled in the United States.
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The project’s broad areas of inquiry include, but are not limited to, topics such as:
• the living circumstances and well-being of young children of refugees
• geographic patterns of resettlement including isolation/segregation
• physical, mental, and behavioral health outcomes of refugee children and families
• cognitive and socioemotional development
• educational progress and language acquisition
• capacity, effectiveness, and changing roles of refugee resettlement agencies and other public and private institutions that integrate refugees and their children
• climate of reception
• evaluation of programs serving young children of refugees
• comparative analyses refugee families in other receiving countries
• Predeparture living circumstances
In all topic areas, papers are welcomed that draw on data obtained through quantitative or qualitative methods with a national, local, or international comparative focus.
Research Symposium and Publication
Selected papers will be presented at an interdisciplinary research symposium hosted by MPI and FCD in November or December 2014, and subsequently widely disseminated as MPI publications. Timeframe for Paper Proposals All submissions must be made by May 30, 2014, with final drafts of selected papers due in September 2014.