Linking the family context of migration during childhood to the well‐being of young adults: Evidence from the UK and France

Eremenko, Tatiana and Bennett, Rachel ORCID: 0000-0002-5780-8786 (2018) Linking the family context of migration during childhood to the well‐being of young adults: Evidence from the UK and France. Population, Space and Place. ISSN 1544-8444 (In Press)

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Families often undergo separations during the migration process. A body of literature has explored the consequences of these separations for children “left behind” and, more recently, children reunified with their parents at the destination. However, little attention has been given to whether this experience during childhood is associated with well‐being into adulthood. This paper adopts a life course perspective to explore well‐being amongst youth (18–25 years) who migrated as children to the UK and France. Drawing on national household surveys, Understanding Society (UK) and Trajectories and Origins (France), we analyse whether which of the parents migrated and whether the young person migrated with them or experienced a period of separation are associated with self‐rated health (both countries) and mental well‐being (UK) or conflict with parents (France). Our findings show that whilst the majority of youth migrated with their parents (86% in the UK and 69% in France), those who did experience long‐term parental separation (6+ years) have poorer psychosocial well‐being in both destinations. This suggests that disruption to the parent–child relationship amplifies the risk of poorer outcomes in early adulthood and highlights that the context of family migration is not only important for understanding migrants' well‐being during childhood, but also as they progress into adulthood.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Additional Information: Licence for VoR version of this article starting on 19-06-2018
Uncontrolled Keywords: France, transnational families, United Kingdom, well‐being, young adults
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Natural & Social Sciences > Environmental Sciences
Research Priority Areas: Environmental Dynamics & Governance
Depositing User: Rachel Bennett
Date Deposited: 14 May 2018 11:15
Last Modified: 28 Jul 2018 21:35

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