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Addressing the Impact of Immigration Policy on Children’s Well-Being after Forced Migration

Agung Sulistyo Purnomo, Sri Kuncoro Bawono, M Ryanindityo, Anindito Rizky Wiraputra, M Alvi Syahrin, Budi Mulyawan, Dimas Pramudito

Immigration Polytechnic (Indonesia), Immigration Detention Center, Jakarta (Indonesia)

Migration stands as an urgent and current global phenomenon, given the escalating challenges of climate change and political instability. As these issues persist, more populations will be compelled to relocate. It is crucial to establish effective strategies that can facilitate the smooth transition of vulnerable groups, particularly children. Strategic interventions should be developed with a profound understanding of their distinct needs and vulnerabilities. The objective of this research is to address the mental well-being of immigrant children. It sought to identify common patterns in their emotional and behavioral responses after migration while compiling an extensive inventory of factors that can either protect or jeopardize their mental health. To get the big picture, this research uses Bronfenbrenner's Ecological Systems Theory as the tool of analysis. The findings underscored that several migration-related factors significantly influenced the mental health of the children. Immigration policymakers should prioritize inclusivity and equity to ensure that all children have access to the support and resources they need to thrive. This includes implementing policies that address systemic barriers and promote a supportive and nurturing learning environment for all immigrant children. By incorporating these implications into social practices and policies, the government can create environments that foster resilience in children and support their overall well-being and development.



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