Children are affected by migration in different ways. Children are forced to leave due to conflict or to secure access to opportunities, move with their parents or can migrate alone.

Other children do not move, but live in communities that send or receive large numbers of migrants. Many ‘left behind’ children benefit from having migrant parents; remittances sent home by parents can increase consumption, finance schooling, buy health care and fund better housing.

But there are also inequalities between children in accessing resources, which depend on sex, age and the arrangements for their care, which may leave them vulnerable to exploitation and neglect.

Our research examines:

  • The full range of children’s experiences of migration in the Global South, focusing on children in Sub-Saharan Africa and the MENA region.
  • The impacts of migration (both positive and negative) on the human potential of children.
  • The role of age and understandings of ‘childhood’ on migration decision making, journeys and outcomes.

Particular consideration will be given to perceptions of childhood across corridors as those intersect with decisions around migration. Research will be conducted in countries of origin and destination, and, where appropriate, in transit.