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Research Report on Children's Independent Migration from Northeastern to Central Ghana

Author(s): I. Hashim

This report discusses findings of a research carried out in Ghana with independent child migrants  and parents of child migrants. Based on the findings, the paper discusses two important issues related to independent child migration:  inter-linkages between migration and education and positive and negative aspects of migration experiences. The paper shows that children's migration into and out of the area is an immensely complex activity and one which is not necessarily rooted in economic reasons. The movement of children between households is part of the manner in which rural households and individual children seek to secure their well-being. Furthermore, there are many constraints and opportunities associated with independent child migration, although they  mainly depend on children's ages and gender.

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Author(s): I. Hashim


Development and Research Centre on Migration, Globalisation and Poverty (Migration DRC)


June 2005

Main theme(s):

Independent Child Migration

Sub-theme(s): Internal

Tertiary theme(s): Economic Rural - Rural Rural - Urban

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Keywords: Agency Bargaining Strategies Benefits Child mobility Child work Choice Country - Ghana Employment Opportunity Family Gender Policy discourse Risks Social Relations Youth transition


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