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The Separation Between Refugees – Immigrants and their Children During Transportation

Data publikacji: 02.04.2024

2022 (8)

Rocznik Administracji Publicznej, 2022, s. 206 - 218



Antonia Stefania Quissa


The family separation between immigrant – refugee parents and their children is a global phenomenon. This research is focused on the dissociation that is taking place during transportation from the countries of origin to receiving countries. Every year United States accept thousands of immigrants from Central America who are segregated under ‘zero-tolerance’ immigration policy (ZTP). However, the same issue afllicts refugees who are trying to cross the Central Mediterranean Sea to enter Europe. But then, United States and European Union established legislations and bills to prevent that kind of parting and to promote the family’s reconnection. The key strength is the impact of separation, as a toxic experience during childhood, is intolerable for all the members of family. Children experience trauma, which affects their mental and physical health. Additionally, parents develop depression, Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and become victims of suicide. Finally, family unity protects children’s lives and supports family’s integration in the host countries.

Keywords: family separation, family reunification, refugees, immigrants, children

Rozdzielanie uchodźców-imigrantów i ich dzieci podczas podróży

Rozdzielenie rodziców imigrantów – uchodźców z ich dziećmi jest zjawiskiem globalnym. Niniejsze badania koncentrują się na rozdzielaniu rodzin podczas podróży z krajów pochodzenia do krajów przyjmujących. Każdego roku Stany Zjednoczone przyjmują tysiące imigrantów z Ameryki Środkowej, którzy są segregowani w ramach polityki imigracyjnej „zero tolerancji” (ZTP). Ten sam problem dotyczy uchodźców, którzy próbują przekroczyć Morze Śródziemne, aby dostać się do Europy. Stany Zjednoczone i Unia Europejska opracowały przepisy i projekty ustaw, aby zapobiec tego rodzaju rozłąkom i wspierać ponowne połączenie rodzin. Kluczową kwestią jest traumatyczny wpływ separacji na poszczególnych członków rodziny. Dzieci doświadczają traumy, która wpływa na ich zdrowie psychiczne i fizyczne. Rodzice popadają w depresję, cierpią na zespół stresu pourazowego (PTSD), co może prowadzić nawet do samobójstw. Jedność rodziny chroni zatem życie dzieci i wspomaga integrację rodziny w krajach przyjmujących.


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The Separation Between Refugees – Immigrants and their Children During Transportation


National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

Publikacja: 02.04.2024

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