Living In Exile: The Refugee Crisis From a Child’s Perspective

This paper examines the perceptions of child refugees living in Athens, Greece through ethnographic exploration. Through engagement with child refugees who have migrated largely from Syria and Afghanistan, I explore how children’s perspectives are significant to understanding the current refugee crisis. Specifically, this paper investigates how conducting research with child refugees in Greece provides vast insight concerning children’s agency in times of crisis, the significance of play, cultivation of identities, and resistance to power. I utilize qualitative research methods including interviews, participant observation, analysis of material culture, photo-elicitation, spatial analysis, and reflexivity.