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Strengthening Child Protection Systems for Unaccompanied Migrant Children in Mozambique: A case study of the border town of Ressano Garcia

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  • Andrea Verdasco
  • UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre
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    This research sets out to understand the why, how and with whom of rural-urban internal migration of children to the Mozambique border town of Ressano Garcia. In doing so, it aims to address the overarching research question of how to strengthen child protection systems for unaccompanied migrant children. Research took place at the border town of Ressano Garcia and in the Mozambican capital city of Maputo, between July and September 2012. Following a thorough analysis of the qualitative data, engaging with the current debate on migration and child protection issues, this paper critically assesses the current interconnected ‘protective actors’ and protection mechanisms and provides recommendations. Under a qualitative child participatory approach, children and their views are placed at the centre of the research. Research participants also include protective actors that are the cornerstone of child protection mechanisms, including: civil society organizations (CSOs) in both Ressano Garcia and Maputo, and government officials at local, district, provincial and central level, thus allowing for a triangulation of sources.

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    Paper provided by UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre in its series Innocenti Working Papers with number inwopa705.

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    Length: 58
    Date of creation: 2013
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    Handle: RePEc:ucf:inwopa:inwopa705

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    Keywords: child labour; child protection; migrant children; migration policy; mozambique; social policy;

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    1. Armando Barrientos & Jasmina Byrne & Paola Peña & Juan Miguel Villa & UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre, 2013. "Social Transfers and Child Protection," Innocenti Working Papers, UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre inwopa691, UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre.
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