Migration, family separation and caregiving across borders: A multi-sited ethnography of transnational child-raising arrangements between Ghana and The Netherlands

Miranda Poeze

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Migrant parents cannot always migrate with their children. This dissertation examined how the contexts of the home and host countries influenced transnational family dynamics. Ethnographic research among Ghanaian migrant parents in the Netherlands and the children they left behind in Ghana reveals that cultural norms around shared parenting facilitate translational family relationships and mitigate negative effects on individual family members, while at the same time making traditional practices more challenging. The legal and economic status of migrant parents and the options for family reunification also determine how transnational parenting is practised and what the consequences are for individual family members and the stability of the family unit as a whole.
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Maastricht University
  • Mazzucato, Valentina, Supervisor
  • van Walsum, S., Supervisor, External person
  • Dito, Bilisuma, Co-Supervisor
Award date6 Dec 2018
Place of PublicationMaastricht
Print ISBNs9789463800792
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • Ghana
  • The Netherlands
  • migration
  • transnational families
  • family reunification
  • ethnography

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