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