Migrant holding a picture of his wife and children in Ghana who he has not seen for 13 years

by Miranda Poeze

Ph.D. candidate

Maastricht University

Strict migration policies in the Netherlands make it increasingly difficult for families to live together in the host country. As a result, parents can be physically separated from their children for many years. Through the sending of goods, money and telephone calls a sense of familyhood is maintained and recreated across nation-state borders. Like the man in the picture. Although he has not been able to see his children for 13 years, he continues to be a dedicated father.

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