Parenting among Settled Migrants from Southern Africa: A Qualitative Evidence Synthesis

Ruvimbo Machaka*, Ruth Barley, Laura Serrant, Penny Furness, Margaret Dunham

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The Global North has over the years been a popular destination for migrants from the Global South. Most of the migrants are in their reproductive ages who go on to bear and raise children. The differences and subjectivity in the context of their experiences may have an impact on how they ensure that their children have the best possible health and well-being. This paper synthesises 14 qualitative research papers, conducted in 6 Global North countries. We gathered evidence on settled Southern African migrants experiences of bearing and raising children in Global North destination countries and how they conceptualise sustaining children’s health and well-being. Results of the review indicated a concerning need for support in sustaining children’s health and well-being. Cultural and religious beliefs underpin how the parents in these studies raise their children. More research is needed which engages with fathers and extended family.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2264–2275
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Child and Family Studies
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2021

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© The Author(s) 2021


  • Migrant
  • Parenting
  • Immigration
  • Children’s health and well-being
  • Qualitative synthesis


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