Negotiating Life in Times of Crisis: The Transnational Return Migration of Refugee Adolescents and Young Adults from Germany to the Kurdistan Region of Iraq

  • Simon Moses Schleimer
Keywords: Transnational migration, Return migration, Iraqi Kurdistan, Crisis, Education

Abstract

In this article, the concept of transnational migration serves as a foundation for analyzing the perspectives of children and adolescents on family movements of migration, their transnational practices, and their sense of belonging. The article discusses, on the basis of a case study, the critical situations children and young people encounter in the context of transnational migration and education. Drawing on Lorenzer’s methodology of hermeneutical cultural analysis, the researcher conducted a set of interviews with refugee children, adolescents, and young adults who have returned with their families from Germany to Iraqi Kurdistan. The article shows that, in light of the conflicts arising for the interviewees in the experience of transnational return, a special emphasis on education can aid their integration into the new society.

Author Biography

Simon Moses Schleimer

staff at the German School Academy; PhD in Intercultural Education at University of Marburg, 2015; First State Examination for teaching German and geography, 2010. He has held posts as a research assistant at the Faculty of Education at the University of Marburg and as a researcher at the University of Leipzig and at Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg. In 2013, he taught German at Salahaddin University-Erbil/Iraq. He has undertaken research stays at Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Universiti Sains Malaysia. His primary research interests are transnational migration, return migration and intercultural education.

Published
2018-11-13
How to Cite
Schleimer, S. M. “Negotiating Life in Times of Crisis: The Transnational Return Migration of Refugee Adolescents and Young Adults from Germany to the Kurdistan Region of Iraq”. Middle East - Topics & Arguments, Vol. 11, Nov. 2018, pp. 164-76, doi:10.17192/meta.2018.11.7780.
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