4 January 2021: A new report An unsettled past, an uncertain future provides a summary of the findings of a pilot study of children on the move using the Southern Route in Eastern and Southern Africa. I authored the report for UNICEF Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office (ESARO), which included creating the visuals and analysing raw quantitative data from the original research.
A lack of reliable information is keenly experienced in relation to children using the 4,000-km Southern Route, characterized by migrant flows from the Horn of Africa, down the Eastern Corridor via Kenya towards South Africa. Critically, there is a shortage of data that is collected directly from children in documenting their individual experiences and the personal, family, community and structural factors that influence their decisions to migrate.
The study is designed to understand more about the drivers of children in mixed migration flows, and about the experience of children as they travel from Eastern and Southern Africa to and within Southern Africa. Results from the research project coincide with global momentum to strengthen the support and protection for children on the move. The adoption of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration and the Global Compact on Refugees in December 2018 mark
key milestones to move this agenda forward. Read more…