Returning Children Migrants – Main Challenges in School Environment

Paulina Szydłowska,

Joanna Durlik,

Halina Grzymała-Moszczyńska


The present paper is based on the research project “(Un)easy returns home. The functioning of children and young people returning from emigration”, the main goal of which was to investigate and describe the experience of children from Polish returning migrant families, and specifically to answer the question: What kind of challenges do children from families returning to Poland face when entering the Polish educational system? We conducted qualitative research taking into consideration four perspectives: children, adolescents, parents and teachers. In this paper, we focus on the most important challenges in a new educational context based on the narrations of children, adolescents, parents and teachers and dividing the challenges into three groups: purely educational, socio-cultural and emotional. Finally, we also discuss best practices which proved helpful for children’s adaptation to the new environment and which may be used in the school context

Słowa kluczowe: return migration, children migrants, return culture shock, integration, education

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