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Crawford-Brown, Claudette P.
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Department of Sociology, Psychology and Social Work
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Beyond the barrel children phenomenon
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The Association of Social Work Educators (ACSWE)
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Bridgetown, Barbados
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2003
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Abstract
This paper builds on a model of specific migration patterns of Caribbean children and families, developed by the writer and published in the literature. It suggests that childen and families in the Caribbean have constructed unique patterns of household organization as a result of the migration process. The paper discusses some contemporary migaration issues such as the phenomena of 'drug courier mothers', and 'Western Union children', and also expands the discussion of the 'barrel children syndrone' from a regional and international perspective. It also introduces the concept of the migation behaviour of 'deportees', and their contribution to the social dynamics of violence in inner city communities in Caribbean societies particulary Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago.....
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