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Independent child migrants: Some basic information and how to find out more

Author(s): J. Bryant

This presentation outlines how data on independent child migration is  collected and what variables should be taken into account in order to  evaluate independent child migration in a cross-cultural analysis and  in the particular case of Thailand. Two types of pre-existing data  sources are identified in the presentation: macro-level data sources,  e.g. censuses, national surveys, administrative data, and micro-level  data, e.g. small surveys and case studies. Neither is ideal, but both  can contribute something to our understanding of children's lives.  Even when there is substantial under-reporting, macro data sources can  contain useful information about matters such as the geographical  distribution of child migrants or the characteristics of children left  behind. Despite the limited focus of NGOs, academics and international  agencies looking into social groups to publicize abuses, their  research still provides us with useful statistical information. For  example, according to 2005 government policy in Thailand, all migrant  children, including those not registered, are able to attend schools.  Nevertheless, small-scale studies show that the cost of uniforms and  books, continued apprehension and language difficulties have become  significant barriers to access to education.

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Author(s): J. Bryant


DRC Workshop on Independent Child Migrants: Policy Debates and Dilemmas



Main theme(s):

Independent Child Migration

Sub-theme(s): Internal South - South

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

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Keywords: Migration DRC Policy Workshop


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