Voices of child migrants: a better understanding of how life is

Voices of child migrants: a better understanding of how life is

What the children say: experiences of the migrant children from Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, India and Ghana

There is a significant gap between how children see their own experiences of migration and the way that child migrants are often represented. This report presents accounts from 16 children from Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, India and Ghana who were interviewed in the course of the Migration DRC research so as to highlight what children themselves think and say about their lives. It is an attempt to imaginatively engage policymakers, and others working in relevant fields with the lives and experiences of independent child migrants.

The stories are placed in a sequence which reflect the following broad themes:

  • children’s aspirations and motivations for migration and their negotiations with family members to do so
  • how they migrate, often using kinship and social networks to find work and provide safety nets
  • the difficulties and insecurities of working as child migrants and the efforts children make to survive and overcome these
  • their own perceptions of the costs and benefits of migrating.