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Dreams and Disappointments: Migration and Families in the Context of HIV and AIDS

The purpose of this paper is to explore the short- and long-term implications of migration for families within the context of HIV and AIDS. The report brings together literature from various sources.  The first half of the document analyses the way in which women, children and families fit into the broad picture of migration. The rest of the document reviews the effects of migration on children and on families as well as the main vulnerability factors linked to population mobility. The report identifies that a certain level of wealth and social capital is necessary to migrate in the first place. Thus 80 studies carried out in developed countries not infrequently find that migrant children are in relatively good health as the poorest households simply cannot migrate. Furthermore, both family capital and community conditions are critically important in orienting the course of the lives of immigrant young people.

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Joint Learning Initiative on Children and HIV/AIDS JLICA


August 2008

Main theme(s):

Independent Child Migration Migration with Families

Sub-theme(s): Internal South - North South - South

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

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Keywords: Benefits Education Education Opportunity Employment Opportunity Family Healthcare HIV/AIDS Household Kin Risks


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