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Title
Undocumented children and the right to education : illusory right or empowering lever?
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Abstract
In migration control policies, social rights are often restricted in order to discourage immigration. Th e right to education seems to be the exception to the rule. Th is paper examines whether the right to education beyond legal technical questions of the personal scope of application of human rights treaties, and the nature and the meaning of the right is able to provide empowering leverage to undocumented children, or rather remains a lofty ideal on paper. Empirical data are drawn from the Belgian situation. Sociological research has shown that while quantitative educational democratisation has been highly successful, qualitative educational democratisation remains problematic. With regard to undocumented children, real-life limitations to school access (both individual and institutional), as well as psycho-social and institutional impediments during the schooling process seriously limit equal schooling and life opportunities. Unequal responses to organisational and pedagogical challenges that the presence of mobile students puts to schools, reinforce institutional factors of educational inequality for undocumented children. A key factor in understanding the tension between the legal recognition of the human right to education and daily realities is the outright contradiction between the approaches towards education on the one hand, and to migration more generally on the other hand. Th e latter is increasingly dominated by a securisation ideology.
Language
English
Source (journal)
International journal of children's rights. - Dordrecht
Publication
Dordrecht : 2011
ISSN
0927-5568
Volume/pages
19(2011), p. 613-639
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UAntwerpen
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Publications with a UAntwerp address
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