Making other dreams: The impact of migration on the psychosocial wellbeing of Albanian-origin children and young people upon their families’ return to Albania

Zana Vathi, veronika duci

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    Abstract

    Return migration has not been associated with negative psychosocial outcomes, while the experience of children involved in this process has been largely overlooked. This article looks at the migration experience of Albanian-origin children and young people upon their families’ return to Albania. Contrasting with a primordial understanding of ‘homeland’, ‘belongingness’ and ‘return migration’, which is focussed on the nation-state, the findings show that a lack of (diasporic) belongingness affects children’s wellbeing upon their families’ return to the country of origin. While children show remarkable mechanisms of coping and resilience, contextual factors moderate the links between migration and psychosocial wellbeing.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)53-68
    Number of pages16
    JournalChildhood
    Volume23
    Issue number1
    Early online date28 Jan 2015
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2016

    Keywords

    • (return) migration
    • Albania
    • belongingness
    • children
    • psychosocial wellbeing

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