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Children in Immigrant Families in Switzerland: On a path between discrimination and integration


  • Rosita Fibbi
  • Philippe Wanner


Special Series on Children in Immigrant Families in Affluent Societies Public debate on immigration tends to be polarized in Switzerland around issues relating to admission policy. However, many children in well-settled immigrant families also appear to experience social exclusion. This needs to be addressed by policies and programmes aimed at fostering social integration. Despite the extraordinarily rapid growth in the number of children in immigrant families, this segment of the population is almost entirely absent from policy discussion and social programme development, and there is a paucity of information available on the circumstances of these children. The aim of this report is therefore to assess the living conditions of children in immigrant families in Switzerland.

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  • Rosita Fibbi & Philippe Wanner, 2009. "Children in Immigrant Families in Switzerland: On a path between discrimination and integration," Papers inwopa578, Innocenti Working Papers.
  • Handle: RePEc:ucf:inwopa:inwopa578

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    child poverty; discrimination; education; health; immigration; migrant children; migrant families; migration policy; rights of minority children;

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    • F22 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Migration

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