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Understanding silences and secrets when working with unaccompanied asylum-seeking children

Ravi Kohli

in Children, politics and communication

Published by Policy Press

Published in print May 2009 | ISBN: 9781847421845
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301813 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847421845.003.0007
Understanding silences and secrets when working with unaccompanied asylum-seeking children

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This chapter examines how refugee and asylum-seeking children, when they have arrived in industrialised nations, often remain silent, or speak in guarded ways, about their lives and circumstances. It notes that not only their presence, but also their limited talk, can be the cause of suspicion among citizens of host nations. It looks at how silence and limited talk are used as powerful protective shields, when refugee children feel their sense of safety and belonging to be threatened in hostile contexts. It reviews research evidence about ways of establishing trust for refugee children, as a foundation for resettled lives. It proposes that only with the establishment of such trust, combined with an unthreatened future, can such children begin to talk about their lives in depth and detail.

Keywords: refugee; asylum-seeking children; industrialised nations; limited talk; trust; resettled lives

Chapter.  6573 words. 

Subjects: Marriage and the Family

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