Who is a Migrant Child?
- Between the ages of 3 and 21
- Has not graduated from High school
- Works or parents work in agriculture
- Has changed school districts in the last 3 years
- Someone that follows the crops throughout the country. It could be a migrant family, or youth
- Migrant labor often involves having a low-income that is seasonal or temporary
- Migrant families may move several times during the school year, interrupting the students's education
- Conditions related to the migrant lifestyle may cause a high incidence of health problems
- Migrant children and youth may have limited English skills and/or few successful experiences in school
Specifically, agricultural jobs include:
- Harvesting, planting, picking, and packing of agricultural products.
- Packing and processing of all products of agricultural origin.
- Reproduction and working with farm animals including pigs, cattle, sheep, and birds.
- Working in Nurseries tending to plants
- Commercial fishing and shrimping (raising and fishing)
- Working in catfish plants (cleaning, cutting, packing, etc.)
Note: Construction and landscaping work does not qualify