Disrupting Narratives of Social Exclusion for Immigrant Children & Youth

 

Migration is our common history as humans. Scientists tell us that for at least 70,000 years, humans have been on the move. At the same time, migration is both our past and our future. All continents are involved in the mass movement of people: as areas of immigration, emigration, or transit, and often, as all three at once. In the 21st century, immigration is the human face of globalization: the sounds, colors, and aromas of a miniaturized, interconnected, and fragile world. During the second decade of the 21st century, 244 million people are international migrants (or 3.3% of the world’s population),1 approximately 750 million are internal migrants, and millions more are immediate relatives left behind. Only China (1.36 billion) and India (1.28 billion) have larger populations than today’s “immigration
nation.”

Despite this common history, resistance to and discomfort with immigration is part of our common narrative as well. In this white paper, prepared for the Ford Foundation, Carola and Marcelo Suarez-Orozco and Robert Ternanishi explore strategies for disrupting narratives of social exclusion for immigrant children and youth.

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