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Italian photographer Gabriele Galimberti presents a fascinating project depicting children and their toys the world over.

The project is entitled ‘Toy Stories’ and can be viewed HERE. The pictures are really from all over the world, including Zambia, Indonesia, Italy, the USA, Costa Rica, Lebanon and many other places. All pictures are linked to a useful ‘info’ blurb with some brief background information about the child in question, his/her family and the toys depicted.

Children & Money

Category: Uncategorized

22 Aug 2013

downloadNIBUD reports on a study about money among Dutch primary school children and finds, to its ‘surprise’, that nearly half the children in the age 5 cohort receive pocket money.

NIBUD, the Dutch National Institute for Family Finance Information, just (August 2013) released a report entitled Nibud Kinderonderzoek: Onderzoek naar basisschool leerlingen en hun geldzaken (Nibud Children’s Study: Study of primary school students and their financial affairs). The title is somewhat misleading; no children’s were interviewed for the research. The findings are based on interviews with parents about financial affairs concerning their children aged 5-12 years (n=1622).

The report covers various dimenions, including ‘pocket money’, ‘other sources of income’, ‘children’s banking practices’, ‘spending behaviour’, ‘saving’, ‘children’s awareness of the value of money’, and ‘dealing with money’. Yet, the Dutch press picked on one particular finding: 45% of the surveyed children in the 5 years cohort receive pocket money. In a context in which the giving of ‘pocket money’ to children is generally seen as ‘good’, this particular finding is seen as ‘surprising’ and perhaps even worrisome. In fact, Nibud which is a strong advocate of giving children pocket money on a structural and regular basis notes in its press release that it is ‘surprised’ by this finding as it advises parents to start giving children pocket money only when they are ‘around six years of age’, because by that time they will also have learnt about money and counting in school.

The Table below presents the report’s findings about children’s pocket money. It shows that receiving pocket money is a majority experience for children in the Netherlands and that this is often given on a structural and regular basis. Interestingly, the share of those receiving pocket money on an incidental basis is highest in both the youngest (5 years) and older (9 and above) cohorts. Also, this table illustrates that, perhaps, the Dutch public is in for more surprises. Parents were not asked about children aged 4 or younger so whether the very young also receive pocket money remains an open question.

Lastly, this report is the first time Nibud presents a study on children and money covering the full (Dutch) primary school age-range (5-12 years). Interestingly, despite its claim that its activities are solely funded by the Dutch government (30%) and through income generated through Nibud products and services (70%), this particularly study is financed by the bank ING (p14).



posted by Roy Huijsmans


Double Standards

Category: migration

17 Jun 2013



In practice, children with Dutch nationality are primarily subject to family law (‘familie recht’), children with a refugee status are primarily subject to immigration law (‘vreemdelingenrecht’). The former is informed by children’s rights considerations, the latter not.

This practice of ‘double standards’ was one of the main concerns raised by several speakers in a debate (see picture) about children in families that are repatriated (forced and ‘voluntary’)  by the Dutch ‘Dienst Terugkeer & Vertrek‘ (‘Repatriation and Departure Service’ of the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice)  because they are not (or no longer) granted the right of residence in the Netherlands. The debate was co-organised this afternoon by Humanity House and the Dutch public broadcasting organisation VARA, ahead of the broadcasting on Dutch national television of a four-part documentary on the subject starting 26th June (entitled ‘Uitgezet’).


The numbers are significant. Since 2007 a total of 2650 children are repatriated by Dutch authorities of which 1429 under socalled ‘voluntary’ conditions. This includes repatriation to countries that are far from peaceful such as Afghanistan, Iraq and Somalia. The documentary makers argued that for many of these children a return to their ‘native country’ is traumatic. In fact, the notion of ‘native country’ is problematic as some of these children are, in fact, born in the Netherlands and had never seen the place to which they were ‘repatriated’.

Some children may be exempted from repatriation if they apply for and qualify for the so-called ‘Kinderpardon’. One of the eligibility criteria, is to have filed a request for asylum at least five years ago. For sure, one speaker stated, for those children repatriation is most probably going to be experienced as uprooting and traumatic. Yet, this is not to say that this is not equally the case for children who have been in the Netherlands for less than five years and are thus not eligible for exemption.

In a world of deep inequalities and conflict, migration regimes like that in the Netherlands are constantly put to the test and the idea that somehow migration can be ‘managed’ in an unarbitrary and humane manner must be an illusion. In fact, today’s debaters were pointing with their feet at one of the main contradictions underpinning the issue. A system that allows carpets (see top picture) to travel freely but severely restricts the movement of most people making these carpets is ridden with double standards.

posted by Roy Huijsmans

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