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Undocumented and in CollegeStudents and Institutions in a Climate of National Hostility$
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Terry-Ann Jones and Laura Nichols

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780823276165

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823276165.001.0001

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Theoretical and Conceptual Considerations for the Study of Undocumented College Students

Theoretical and Conceptual Considerations for the Study of Undocumented College Students

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(p.13) 1 Theoretical and Conceptual Considerations for the Study of Undocumented College Students
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Undocumented and in College
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Terry-Ann Jones

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823276165.003.0002

This chapter reviews the major theoretical approaches to international migration and considers their use as a tool to explain the dynamics surrounding the migration processes, meanings of citizenship, race/ethnicity, racism, stigmatization, and other challenges that undocumented youth encounter in interacting with institutions, particularly in their pursuit of a tertiary-level education. It argues that undocumented students—or undocumented youth more generally—may not necessarily fit the parameters that these models of international migration suggest, given that most of them arrived as children when the decision was not theirs. However, these models serve as explanatory tools to improve the understanding of the circumstances that motivate parents to migrate with children but without the legal status that would afford them the opportunity to live full, free lives without fear of deportation and with access to education, employment, and other basic privileges such as driving and travelling.

Keywords:   international migration, immigration, illegal aliens, immigrants, citizenship, racism, higher education, undocumented students

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