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Forced Migrant Youth’s Identity Development and Agency in Resettlement Decision-Making: Liminal Life on the Myanmar-Thailand Border

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dc.contributor.author Ball, Jessica
dc.contributor.author Moselle, Sarah
dc.date.accessioned 2018-03-30T15:38:45Z
dc.date.available 2018-03-30T15:38:45Z
dc.date.copyright 2016 en_US
dc.date.issued 2016
dc.identifier.citation Ball, J. & Moselle, S. (2016). Forced Migrant Youth’s Identity Development and Agency in Resettlement Decision-Making: Liminal Life on the Myanmar-Thailand Border. Migration, Mobility, & Displacement 2 (2), 110-125. http://dx.doi.org/10.18357/mmd22201616157 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://dx.doi.org/10.18357/mmd22201616157
dc.identifier.uri https://dspace.library.uvic.ca//handle/1828/9186
dc.description.abstract Migration and refugee studies have elaborated upon themes of voice, subjectivity, and agency of mobile adults while comparatively neglecting forced migrant children and youth. Decades of armed conflict and economic collapse in Myanmar resulted in millions of forced migrants living in neighboring Thailand, China, and Malaysia. This article focuses on the experiences of forced migrant youth aged 12 to 17 from Myanmar who have grown up as temporary residents along the northwest border of Thailand. They are often stateless and disconnected from their families, communities, and cultures of origin and excluded from the formal economy and institutional affiliations, living in a liminal state on the edge of society. This article sets out a rationale for prospective research exploring how forced migrant youth may be both vulnerable and resilient, both victims and agents, and carriers of both their cultures of origin and globalized identities shaped by displacement. Exploring the issues raised in this article can challenge foundational theories of child development regarding normative development and necessary conditions for thriving, which underpin international law and settlement practices. This paper provides a contextual overview and charts a program of research with the intention to better understand the capacity of youth on the move and contribute meaningfully to decision-making about their repatriation or resettlement. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Migration, Mobility, & Displacement en_US
dc.title Forced Migrant Youth’s Identity Development and Agency in Resettlement Decision-Making: Liminal Life on the Myanmar-Thailand Border en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Faculty en_US
dc.description.reviewstatus Reviewed en_US


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