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Parental Migration and Education of Left-Behind Children: A Comparison of Two Settings

Yao Lu

Title:
Parental Migration and Education of Left-Behind Children: A Comparison of Two Settings
Author(s):
Lu, Yao
Date:
Type:
Articles
Department(s):
Social Work
Volume:
76
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Book/Journal Title:
Journal of Marriage and Family
Abstract:
The out-migration of parents has become a common childhood experience worldwide. It can confer both economic benefits and social costs on children. Despite a growing literature, the circumstances under which children benefit or suffer from parental out-migration are not well understood. The present study examined how the relationship between parental out-migration and children's education varies across migration streams (internal vs. international) and across 2 societies. Data are from the Mexican Family Life Survey (N = 5,719) and the Indonesian Family Life Survey (N = 2,938). The results showed that children left behind by international migrant parents are worse off in educational attainment than those living with both parents. Internal migration of parents plays a negative role in some cases, though often to a lesser degree than international migration. In addition, how the overall relationship between parental migration and education balances out varies by context: It is negative in Mexico but generally small in Indonesia.
Subject(s):
Sociology
Individual and family studies
Education
Children of immigrants--Education
Emigration and immigration
Parent and child
Publisher DOI:
10.1111/jomf.12139
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427
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Suggested Citation:
Yao Lu, 2014, Parental Migration and Education of Left-Behind Children: A Comparison of Two Settings, Columbia University Academic Commons, http://dx.doi.org/10.7916/D88W3CTX.

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