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Key sources for the 4th EU-China Dialogue on 'Left-Behind Children', February 2012
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In an increasingly globalized world migrants moving across national or internal borders are leaving their families behind.  What is the impact on children's lives?  What are the implications for affected societies?  This website gathers key information  on children of European and Chinese migration, including pictures, press reports, NGO-led activism, research trends, and more.  Help us to expand our knowldge by sending yoru suggestions!

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500,000

500,000 | Child Welfare in Europe and China | Scoop.it

The EU has at least 500,000 million children left behind, it was claimed at a recent conference supported by the European Parliament.   Most are concentrated in few eastern countries and regions, though. 

 

Find out more on the representatives of national and local authorities from EU Member States, representatives of national and European NGOs, and academics who attended the event and the ongoing advocacy initiatives they support.

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Memorial Day Perspective - Huffington Post

Memorial Day Perspective - Huffington Post | Child Welfare in Europe and China | Scoop.it
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A teacher's note and pictures of the left-behind children living in the Chinese Yunnan province

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Sexual abuse of children 'left behind' by migrant worker parents on rise - People's Daily Online

Sexual abuse of children 'left behind' by migrant worker parents on rise - People's Daily Online | Child Welfare in Europe and China | Scoop.it
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Lack of parents and weak sdult supervision put left-behind children at risk of exploitation and even sexual abuse.  Read a story from China.

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Study on children left behind in Moldova and Georgia (2010-2012)

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Read about new research on left-behind children in Moldova.

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Children Left Behind in an International Comparative Perspective

There is no doubt that international and internal migration has contributed to lift millions out of poverty.  However, it is also affecting  the life of many children, as their parents often chose to migrate without them.  The EU and China have both their share of children left behind.  Find here resource useful to  compare problems and and identify positive initiatives to support these children in both regions.

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Euro-orphans: What about us?

Euro-orphans: What about us? | Child Welfare in Europe and China | Scoop.it

The plight of children left behind in Central and Eastern Europe is raised at the 6th annual European Forum on the Rights of the Child (Brussels, 23  November 2011).   Parental choices as well as  EU member  states social policies are confirmed serious obstacles to the migration of family units.  (Additional details on the event on  http://ec.europa.eu/justice/events/child-forum/index.html)

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Stories of Left-Behind Children in China | 4th EU-China Dialogue

What are the causes and consequences of the phenomenon of left-behind children in China?  Found out about more by listening to the stories of some of these children.

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Chinese preschool teachers are an ignored lot

A recent episode of violence in a rural kindergarten highlights the lowly status of Chinese preschool teachers and the general underfunding of rural preschool education.

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Left behind in Moldova: documents

This website  offers an ongoing photographic reportage of children left behind in Moldova.  See also the author's blog on http://leftbehindmoldova.wordpress.com/.

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40% Chinese left-behind children are under 5

40% Chinese left-behind children are under 5 | Child Welfare in Europe and China | Scoop.it

More than 23 million "left-behind" children are under the age of five and may suffer from psychological disorders due to lack of parental care, it was reported at the recent “2011 International Conference on Early Childhood Development” (15-16 November).

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China: Left behind but not alone

Parents migrate, their young children stay with grandparents, great-grandparents or any other relatives, The Los Angeles Times reports

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What Is EU Civil Society Doing? Bērnu Forums (Latvia)

What Is EU Civil Society Doing?  Bērnu Forums (Latvia) | Child Welfare in Europe and China | Scoop.it

Bērnu forums is a Latvian NGO specialised in advocacy and capacity building.  It works closely with the national and local government to promote children's righs and has raised the issue of guardianship of children left behind.

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Documentation of the 4th EU-China Dialogue on "Left-behind Children: Problems and Solutions'

A 3-day lively conversation of 64 academics and NGO representatives, all working to help  left-behind children in the EU and in China.  Read a summary of their ideas  and reflections in this report!

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After-school care centers for left-behind children of transnational Chinese migrants

After-school care centers for left-behind children of transnational Chinese migrants | Child Welfare in Europe and China | Scoop.it

After-school care centers for left-behind children have been established in NE China for children, whose parents go to other places to work, including especially South Korea.

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The Impact of Rural-Urban Migration on Children Left Behind ...

The Impact of Rural-Urban Migration on Children Left Behind ... | Child Welfare in Europe and China | Scoop.it

Unattended but Not Undernourished: Young Children Left Behind in Rural China, a report by Alan de Brauw and Ren Mu, show that the rural children of a parent or parents who migrate to cities may actually benefit.

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China's Left Behind Children - The Epoch Times

China's Left Behind Children - The Epoch Times | Child Welfare in Europe and China | Scoop.it

A report on “left behind children” living in the Guizhou Province and their role as carers

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This article provides the highest estimate of Chinese left-behind children so far  (85 millions)

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Bernadette Robinson on rural education reform and civil society support for left-behind children in China

"EU-China. Reflections on a maturing relationship" is a series of ten video interviews conducted by Hermann Aubié and Kanako Kuramitsu.
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EU-China Civil Society Forum

EU-China Civil Society Forum | Child Welfare in Europe and China | Scoop.it

Resources on enpowering civil society as a EU-China co-operative endevour. Learn more about the series of EU-China Dialogues!

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Gallery

Gallery | Child Welfare in Europe and China | Scoop.it

Touching 'family pictures' of Chinese migrants who have left their kids and elderly  behind. One of these Xinhua pictures has recently been awarded the third place in the 2011 Picture of the Year international competion (see http://www.poyi.org/69/09/third_01.php )

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Child Development in Rural China

This article reports on the psychosocial development of children in rural China, comparing the outcomes of children of migrant parents and children of non-migrant ones.  The study also looks at health and education.

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Empowered to cope

Empowered to cope | Child Welfare in Europe and China | Scoop.it

Read this independent review of the “Social Inclusion of Children Left Behind by Migrating Parents” Project, implemented by the Child Rights Information Centre, Moldova.

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Advocacy for children in Europe

Find out about key European NGOs working to promote child wellbeing and children's rights.

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Any suggestions?

Do you you have additional information on children left behind in Europe and in China that we can add to this website?  Post it here.

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Guizhou Xiuwen left-behind children can not afford to eat ...

Guizhou Xiuwen left-behind children can not afford to eat ... | Child Welfare in Europe and China | Scoop.it

Guizhou Xiuwen left-behind children experience dire poverty.  Read more

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