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Family troubles?Exploring changes and challenges in the family lives of children and young people$
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Jane Ribbens McCarthy, Carol-Ann Hooper, and Val Gillies

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781447304432

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447304432.001.0001

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Colombian families dealing with parents’ international migration

Colombian families dealing with parents’ international migration

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(p.209) Chapter Seventeen Colombian families dealing with parents’ international migration
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Family troubles?
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Maria Claudia Duque-Páramo

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447304432.003.0017

This chapter explores the varied experiences of families in which children remain in the country of origin (in this case Colombia) while one or more of their parents move abroad for work. The diversity of perspectives between different family members, and between different sections of society, the media and some researchers is examined, entailing a complex clash between positive and negative perspectives on parents’ migratory decisions. A further underpinning dilemma concerns ideals around the desirability of the co-resident nuclear family and also of an affluent childhood. At the same time, older indigenous cultural expectations may see some level of pain as a normal part of life, and similarly, separation may be understood through long-standing cultural practices.

Keywords:   Family, Children, Migration, Culture

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