Hardships experienced by children in immigrant families

7th May 2004 at 01:00
Dorothy Lepkowska reports from the annual American Educational Research Association conference in San Diego

A study of children in New York's Chinatown also suggested that school administrators failed to understand the hardships experienced by children in immigrant families.

Stacey Fell-Eisenkraft, of Columbia university, said that no less than 99 per cent of the children in Chinatown's 1,250-pupil middle school were entitled to free lunches.

Many of the more recent immigrants hardly ever saw their parents, who often worked 15 hours a day, six or seven days a week.

"After leaving behind relatives in China, many of these youths have also lost their parents to New York's sweatshops," she told the conference.

David Budge

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