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 31: Children’s voices: listening to young African migrants in France

Daniel Senovilla Hernández and Océane Uzureau


This chapter presents the stories of three young migrants from West Africa living in France. Giving value to their voices and perceptions, the contents tackle crucial aspects of contemporary child migration as, among others, the description of violent and abusive familial environments in contexts of origin, the reproduction of migration struggles and the fact that child migrants manage on occasion to find less expensive opportunities for traveling, and, finally, the disrupting experiences of these adolescents during rough administrative and judicial battles to access rights entitlements. Furthermore, the chapter also presents the ethnographical methodological approach used, necessary—in the view of the authors—to collect consistent and reliable data on these children’s past experiences.

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