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The rate of migration for children (those aged 0-17 years) is perceived to be growing, though there are few reliable estimates to substantiate this claim. The literature is fairly limited, with migration of this group of young people often being represented as pathological within the literature. This literature fails to recognise that these children can be affected as children who migrate independently of their families, as children left behind, when father, mother or both parents migrate, and as children in families that have migrated.  The aim of the following collection of resources is to highlight the research that demonstrates the complexity of migration flows of these children:  who goes, to where, why, for how long etc. A distinguishing point of some of the research is the perspectives of the children, their voices and their experiences, where children are the key actors.  The main themes of the Child Migration Research Network are based on the categories:

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Publication date: 21/08/2013


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Publication date: 02/11/2012


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Publication date: 26/04/2013


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Publication date: 01/09/2014


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