Child Migrants with and without Parents: Census-based estimates of scale and characteristics in Argentina, Chile and South Africa

Innocenti Discussion Papers 2009-02


Child Migrants with and without Parents: Census-based estimates of scale and characteristics in Argentina, Chile and South Africa
  • Author(s)
    • Yaqub, Shahin;
  • Date of Publication
    • 2009
  • Pages
    • 19
  • IRC Stock Number
    • 556U
  • Publication Cost
    • free
  • Language
    • English





Description

This paper studies child migration in Argentina, Chile and South Africa. It defines child migrants as under 18 year olds whose usual residence was in a different country or province five years prior to census. The paper estimates the scale of child migration; compares relative magnitudes of internal and international migration; and considers sensitivity to alternative definitions of migration. Second, it examines family structures within which migrant children live at destinations, defining children who are co-resident with adult parents and siblings as dependent, and those outside of these close family members, as independent. Third, the internal/international and in/dependent distinctions are analysed jointly to describe some social-economic characteristics of the four sub-groups of migrant children.

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Thematic area

Child Protection   /  Migration   / 

Thesaurus

migrant children   /  migrant families   /  migration   /  unaccompanied children   /