Resilience, Vulnerability and Inequality in Immigrant Children during the Covid 19 Pandemic

Proceedings of The 4th International Academic Conference on Research in Social Sciences

Year: 2021


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Resilience, Vulnerability and Inequality in Immigrant Children during the Covid 19 Pandemic

Mirella, Ferrari



During a worldwide pandemic, the perception of vulnerability has been experienced by everyone, even if some narrative speaks of social group more damaged.
In this contribute, considering the concepts of “vulnerability” and “resilience”, we have tried to analize the condition of migrant children at school.
From the concepts highlighted, the scenario expands, investigating emotions, reactions and social needs, implicated in the emergency dimension.
We wanted to explore the dimension of the “school community”, in which the subject inserts himself and acts in the emergency conditions through some testimonies in the field.
We asked ourselves about “pre” e “post” pandemic, identifying the different phases of the social emergency. Then, have tried to investigate the distance of learning beetween native and young immigrants, attempting to highlight the causes, that have esacerbated the scolastic disadvantage. We questioned ourselves about the vulnerability and the role of the latter in relation to social change in the educational context.
In recent decades, migration policy has built a construct of vulnerability, which has also permeated the school context, defining different categories of immigrants, and producing a stratification for access to services (Campomori, Caponio, 2015).
The pandemic has exacerbated the processes of exclusion, crossing socioeconomic possibilities with the different social actors (Olori, 2018); intersecting the institutional vacuum in education with crises management as a whole; while medical and legal assistance services for migrants were interrupted.
Therefore, this paper explores the inequality through the lens of the pandemic emergency and the pre-existing disadvantage of Covid-19.

keywords: Downside; social exclusion; immigration; situations of risk.