Imageries of family and nation: A comparative analysis of transnational adoption and care for unaccompanied minors in Belgium

  • Katrien De Graeve, Christof Bex
  • Childhood, July 2016, SAGE Publications
  • DOI: 10.1177/0907568215613421

A comparison between the care for adoptees and that of unaccompanied minor migrants in Belgium

What is it about?

This article compares the care regimes for two groups of children in Belgium who have immigrated from foreign countries: (1) transnational adoptees and (2) unaccompanied minor migrants. The investment of care that the two groups are believed to need, differs dramatically and is dependent on their ability to be read as freestanding, cultureless individuals, assimilable to the host nation.

Why is it important?

The article serves to expose the moral contradictions that structure the division of the minors in two distinct institutional, administrative and legal categories. Despite the similarities between the two groups of minors, the moral legitimacy of their suffering is differently evaluated; they are differently categorized and placed in distinctive regimes of care. The joint analysis of the two different pathways of minors serves to question the ‘naturalness’ of both and open up space for thinking about their care in radically different and more inclusive ways.

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