I was pleased to have the opportunity to organize a session on “International and Domestic Migration, Children and Families” at the upcoming 2013 meetings of the Population Association of America. I had a large number of high quality submissions addressing a host of sub-topics– it was extremely challenging to narrow down the selection to only four papers! In the end the session will showcase a series of papers investigating the impact of migration (both international and internal) on children’s well-being. The papers consider a range of outcomes, including educational achievement and school continuation, subjective well-being, health, and overweight and obesity. In some of the papers, the children are migrants themselves, in others they remain behind while their family members migrate. The papers make use of diverse data and innovative methods to disentangle the multiple ways migration can influence children’s lives and complex issues of causality. Together they also take a very international perspective, focusing in children in Mexico, the United Kingdom, China, and Mozambique.
I very much look forward to chairing the session! I hope to see you there on Thursday, April 11, from 10:15 AM – 11:45 AM in New Orleans, LA!
Chair: Jennifer A. Holland, Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute (NIDI) and University of Wisconsin-Madison
Discussant: Fernando Riosmena, University of Colorado at Boulder
1. International Family Migration and the Academic Achievement of 9th Grade Students in Mexico • Bryant Jensen, Brigham Young University; Silvia Giorguli-Saucedo, El Colegio de México; Eduardo Hernández, Instituto Nacional para la Evaluación de la Educación
2. Family Structure, Maternal Nativity Status and Childhood Overweight and Obesity: Evidence from the United Kingdom • Wendy Sigle-Rushton, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE); Alice Goisis, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)
3. The Causal Effects of Rural-to-Urban Migration on Children’s Wellbeing in China • Hongwei Xu, University of Michigan; Yu Xie, University of Michigan
4. Father’s Labor Migration and Children’s School Discontinuation in Rural Mozambique • Scott T. Yabiku, Arizona State University