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Euro-orphanhood in Social Discourse: Is it really a problem for migrant families, especially those in which the parents often lack maturity? Agnieszka Krzysztof Ĺšwiderska

Abstract: The following paper contains the results of a cross-cultural, qualitative study about perceiving the “euro-orphanhood” phenomena, which is now-a-days a very significant social problem in Poland. The author’s psychotherapeutic background and training experience allows her to discuss it from a psychotherapeutic distance and to focus more on the role of care professionals and solutions.
Officially, and only in Great Britain, there are over 300,000 Polish migrants. However, unofficial sources estimate that the number of Poles living in the UK is much higher, perhaps up to 1 million. What is more, this number increases if other European countries and the United States are taken into consideration. Most of the migrants had left their motherlands because of financial difficulties. “Euro-orphan-hood” is a general term for describing the fact that the emigration of the parents significantly contributes to the social and educational situation of the residual children.
It is a complex and multi-faceted phenomenon and the knowledge of this subject is still small. To save children from the negative consequences of migration, we need to examine its causes very carefully.
Keywords: Euro-orphan-hood, narrations, children, teachers, parents, psychologists

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