Research Handbook on Child Migration
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Research Handbook on Child Migration

Edited by Jacqueline Bhabha, Jyothi Kanics and Daniel Senovilla Hernández

The scope and complexity of child migration have only recently emerged as a critical factors in global migration. This volume assembles for the first time a richly interdisciplinary body of work, drawing on contributions from renowned scholars, eminent practitioners and prominent civil society advocates from across the globe and from a wide range of different mobility contexts. Their invaluable pedagogical tools and research documents demonstrate the urgency and breadth of this important new aspect of international human mobility in our global age.
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Chapter 5: Child mobility from and within West African countries

Mahamet Timéra


This chapter deals with the mobility of minors and young adults by taking Soninke youths from the villages of the Senegal River Valley (Mali, Mauritania, Senegal) as study populations. It analyzes proximity migration in the rural Soninke area, migration to the capitals and African cities (Dakar, Bamako), and migration to the new frontiers of Europe (Morocco). It deciphers the logics of autonomy and emancipation at the heart of these mobilities, the migratory paths and trajectories and the various figures that are constructed throughout the experiences lived during the journey and within the framework of road socialization.

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