The Child Migration Research Network grew out of work carried out by researchers at the Development Research Centre on Migration, Globalisation and Poverty (Migration DRC), and its successor, the Migrating out of Poverty Research Programme Consortium. The Migration DRC’s research on young people focused on the independent migration of children and youth and began to bring together researchers and practitioners working with children affected by migration. The Migrating out of Poverty consortium’s research over the next six years will include further investigation of girls' migration in developing countries, with research findings intended to inform migration and social protection policy recommendations.
Although there is some research that looks at children in the developed world who are first, second or even third generation migrants and how migration affects their education, health, cultural life and myriad other aspects, the focus of the CMRN is mainly on children and young people in developing countries or those subject to the immigration policies of developed countries.
The CMRN is run by the Migrating out of Poverty Research Programme Consortium at the University of Sussex, which is funded by DFID. CMRN was set up thanks to funding from the Rockefeller Foundation.