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'I want to bring him from the aeroplane to here': The meaning of animals to children of refugee or migrant backgrounds resettled in Australia

By Damien W. Riggs, Clemence Due, Nik Taylor

Category Journal Articles
Abstract

Separation from animals with whom children have caring relationships can lead to considerable loss and grief, perhaps especially in the case of migration. This article reports on a thematic analysis of interviews undertaken with children of migrant or refugee backgrounds who had resettled in Australia. Findings suggest that children who spoke about animals framed their experiences in ways that either evoked a sense of loss with regard to animals or referred to animals as engendering a safe haven following resettlement. The article concludes by exploring potential service responses and encourages a focus on animals' needs in the context of migration.

Submitter

Marcy Wilhelm-South

Purdue University

Date 2016
Publication Title Children & Society
Volume 31
Issue 3
Pages 219-230
Publisher Wiley
DOI https://doi.org/10.1111/chso.12196
URL http://hdl.handle.net/2328/38314
Language English
Additional Language English
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Tags
  1. Animal roles
  2. Animals
  3. Children
  4. Grief
  5. Immigration
  6. Loss
  7. Migration
  8. open access
  9. Pets and companion animals
  10. refugees
  11. resettlement
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  1. open access