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20 oct 2015

Migration of girls in West Africa: The case of Senegal

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Children, both girls and boys, are known to have been migrating for various reasons throughout history. These kinds of movements are widespread and deeply rooted in the history and sociology of daily life in West Africa and its people. However, in recent years, various issues, such as the scale of and trends in the flow of migration, the involvement of young children and the large number of girls opting to migrate, have confirmed the lack of protection of these migrants as being one of the key concerns of policymakers, national and international child protection agencies, researchers and the media.

This document provides a general overview on the migration of girls in Senegal and identified potential avenues for policy development. The document is therefore a must read for stakeholders interested in the migration of children and its implications for development.