Angie 2023

Adjusting to Change: School-related Practices and Perceptions in Moldovan and Ukrainian Transnational Families

Daniela Angi

Article information

Volume: XVII Issue: 1, Pages: 33-64
Daniela Angi
Babeş-Bolyai University, Faculty of Political, Administrative and Communication Sciences,
General Traian Moşoiu 71, Cluj-Napoca, 400132, Romania,


This paper discusses parents’ and children’s perspectives on the challenges that parental migration generates for children’s school performance and activities, with a focus on transnational families from the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine. The study is based on interviews and focus-groups with children, migrant parents and parents who stayed at home to look after the young ones. Results show that school-related difficulties are sensitive to post-migration circumstances back home, largely derived from the absence of only one or of both parents, while also affirming the overall resilience of children in relation to their education.


education, transnational families, labour migration, children, parental absence, Moldova, Ukraine.



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