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Ethnic vs Social Boundaries: Children of Migrants in Schools

[Etnicheskie vs sotsial’nye granitsy: deti migrantov v shkolakh]

DOI: https://doi.org/10.31857/S086954150004878-5

Type of publication: Research Article

Submitted: 26.04.2018

Accepted: 27.11.2018

About author(s)

Ekaterina Demintseva | https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6402-5010 | edemintseva@hse.ru | Tomsk State University (36 Lenin Ave., Tomsk, 634050, Russia


school, schools with diverse social composition, children of migrants, social boundaries, ethnic boundaries, integration


Children of migrants tend to end up in schools that accommodate mostly those pupils and students who do not conform to the socially shared notion of the “norm”, such as disabled children or children from disadvantaged families. In the recent years, the emergence of various problems in schools has been increasingly thought of as related precisely to the presence of migrant children, the latter being first and foremost associated with incomers from Central Asia and the Caucasus. Social issues that schools traditionally used to cope with are being displaced by ethnic issues and various questions of adaptation. The article examines the ways in which school segregation arises and shows what factors account for the higher concentration of migrant children in certain schools and what problems both pupils and teachers in such schools have to face.

Funding Information

This research was supported by the following institutions and grants:
Russian Science Foundation, https://doi.org/10.13039/501100006769 [grant no. 18-18-00293]


Demintseva, E.B. 2019. Etnicheskie vs sotsial’nye granitsy: deti migrantov v shkolakh [Ethnic vs Social Boundaries: Children of Migrants in Schools]. Etnograficheskoe obozrenie 2: 98-113. https://doi.org/10.31857/S086954150004878-5

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