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 21: The challenge of strengthening the regional child protection system for children on the move in West Africa

Olivier Geissler and Abimbola Lagunju

Abstract

Estimations show that there are around six times more migration movements within West Africa than toward other regions, Europe included. Some of these migrants are children who are unaccompanied. Many of them leave their home to reach a neighboring town or country, pushed by social or economic hardship or attracted by better opportunities elsewhere, if not caught in trafficking systems. These children on the move are particularly vulnerable and at risk of exploitation on the way or at the destination. The 15 countries of ECOWAS developed an inter-country mechanism enabling better protection and transnational reintegration of these children, following a procedure of care based on the best interest of the child. The West African Network for the protection of children (WAN) aims at finding sustainable solutions for each and every child referred to this network.

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