07 SES 12 B, Recent Studies on New Migration of Families from Greece – A Challenge for Migration Societies and Education Systems?
Modern societies are characterized by pluralization of familial ways of living; migrant families contribute to this (Geisen, Studer & Yildiz, 2014). New migration movements give rise to new challenges for migration societies, especially for democratically constituted educational systems. For this project, we have been particularly interested in the experiences of families who left Greece after 2008 in the wake of the financial crisis and immigrated to Germany or Canada. One guiding question is, what are the individual family members‘ biographical interpretations of their migration experiences and how are these experiences negotiated within families? We have already conducted several biographical-narrative interviews (Jakob, 2010; Schütze, 1983) with five families in Québec, Canada and in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, meaning we interviewed parents and their school-age children. Initial results of our analyses indicate that this phenomenon has not only a historic dimension but is also "new" insofar that it is distinct from the European labour migration of the 1960s with respect to migrants' goals and motives as well as their social and socio-economic backgrounds. During the presentation, we focalize families who immigrated to Canada. We especially address the finding that it has become evident that those parents who were part of the (upper) middle class in Greece had been less concerned with issues of "social mobility" and had primarily been motivated to (re-)create "stability" through the education of their children.
Geisen, T., Studer, T., & Yildiz, E. (Ed.). (2014). Migration, Familie und Gesellschaft. Beiträge zu Theorie, Kultur und Politik. Wiesbaden: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften. Jakob, G. (2010). Biographische Forschung mit dem narrativen Interview. In B. Friebertshäuser, A. Langer, &A. Prengel (Ed.),Handbuch Qualitative Forschungsmethoden in der Erziehungswissenschaft (3rd ed., pp. 219–233). München/Weinheim: Juventa. Schütze, F. (1983). Biographieforschung und narratives Interview. Neue Praxis 13(3), 283–293.
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