“There are
272 million international
World Migration Report 2020:
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“740 million
people are internal
World Migration Report 2020:
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“Between 2006 and
2016, the number of
African refugee children
more than doubled”
UNICEF 2016:
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About African Child and Youth Migration Research Network

About African Child and Youth Migration Research Network


Improve the well-being of African child and youth migrants

Engage in international research collaborations…

Disseminate knowledge…

“According to the International Organization for Migration’s 2018 World Migration Report, there are 244 million international migrants.”

Internal and international migration are increasing, largely due to globalization and conflicts. According to the International Organization for Migration’s 2018 World Migration Report, there are 244 million international migrants. A larger number of people—740 million—are internal migrants. There were 31 million international child migrants in 2015. Three out of five migrant children are from Africa and Asia (UNICEF, 2017), and they are a diverse population. Some children migrate with their parents or other adults, and others migrate independently. Some are born to migrant parents in receiving countries, and others are left behind by migrant parents. High migration rates involving children and youth have also been reported among African communities (Karagueuzian and Verdier-Chouchane 2014; UN 2013).

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Goal and Objectives

Goal and Objectives

The African Child and Youth Migration Network seeks to develop and mobilize knowledge to improve policies and practices that will contribute to the well-being of African migrant children and youth across the globe.

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Associate Professor Lindiwe Sibeko
University of Massachusetts Amherst
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Dr. Ngozi Enelamah
University of New Hampshire
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Dr. Jill Thompson
University of Sheffield
Dr Jill Thompson is a senior lecturer (Associate Professor) at the University of Sheffield, UK. Jill has over 15 years’ experience as a qualitative health researcher. During the last 4

Nadine Finch
University of Bristol
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Professor Hayat Gomma
Ahmadu Bello University
Dr. Hayat Gomma is a Full Professor at Ahmadu Bello University in Nigeria. She received her PhD from Cairo University (Egypt) in 1998. She is a native of Egypt with

Dr. Sheri Adekola
Humber College
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Professor Solina Richter
University of Alberta
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Associate Professor Stephen Owusu Kwankye
University of Ghana
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Professor Philomena Okeke-Ihejirika
University of Alberta
Professor Philomina Okeke-Ihejirika is a Full Professor in U of A’s Women’s and Gender Studies Department. Over the course of her 25-year academic career, Dr. Okeke-Ihejirika has worked on research

Dr. Delanjathan Devakumar
University College London
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Dr. Sandra Dixon
University of Lethbridge
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Professor Ibrahim Abubakar
University College London
    Faculty Page: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/tb/people/professor-ibrahim-abubakar

Professor Theresa Betancourt
Boston College
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Professor Ramadimetja Mogale
University of Pretoria
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Professor Andrea MacLeod
University of Alberta
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Dr. Mary Ani-Amponsah
University of Ghana
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Dr. Afua Twum-Danso Imoh
University of Bristol
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Associate Professor Helen Vallianatos
University of Alberta
    Faculty Page: https://apps.ualberta.ca/directory/person/hv

Associate Professor Catrin Evans
University of Nottingham
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Dr. Tina Lavin
World Health Organization

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