Abstract

The study focused on the experiences and everyday lives of migrant children who, through a range of different routes and circumstances, happen to reside in the United States without legal residence status as well as citizen children who live with at least one unauthorized parent. It aimed to show the multiple ways in which lack of legal status affects the lives of young migrants both directly and through their parents, shaping their social worlds and, more importantly, their chances for the future. Through exploration of services and resources available to these youngsters the study aimed at shedding light on migrant children's encounter with public services and the complexities and idiosyncrasies of the immigration system at a time of economic downturn and radical reform of public services. Regarding education, the research centered primarily on access to and experiences with formal schooling.

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