Household members' migration and the education of children ‘left behind’: empirical findings from Tajikistan and reflections for research practice


Bennett, Rachel, Clifford, David and Falkingham, Jane (2013) Household members' migration and the education of children ‘left behind’: empirical findings from Tajikistan and reflections for research practice. Population, Space and Place, 19, (1), 1-14. (doi:10.1002/psp.1698).

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There is growing recognition that when a household member migrates, there is a complex range of social as well as economic consequences for the everyday lives of those who remain in the origin household. This paper examines the children left behind phenomenon in Tajikistan, a country with very high rates of international labour migration. With the use of data from the Tajikistan 2007 Living Standards Survey, logistic regression modelling is applied to examine the impact of fathers', mothers', siblings', and other household members' migration on the school enrolment of secondary school-aged children. The results show that there is a significant positive association between longer-term parental migration and children's enrolment, whereas the long-term migration of siblings sending remittances and the mid-term migration of ‘other household members’ (not parents or siblings) are both significantly negatively associated with children's enrolment. The findings highlight the importance of considering differences between children left behind.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 1544-8452 (electronic)
Keywords: left behind, migration, children, education, tajikistan
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social and Human Sciences > Social Sciences > Social Statistics & Demography
ePrint ID: 339779
Date Deposited: 30 May 2012 12:58
Last Modified: 16 Jun 2014 15:39
Projects:
Centre for Population Change: Understanding Population Change in the 21st Century
Funded by: ESRC (RES-625-28-0001)
Led by: Jane Cecelia Falkingham
1 January 2009 to 31 December 2013
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/339779

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