This paper seeks to ascertain the coping strategies independent child migrants adopt in their day-to-day lives in two of Ghana's cities: Accra and Kumasi. It considers the questions: what are the main reasons for the children staying in the destination areas? What risks are these child migrants exposed to? What coping/survival strategies do they adopt? A a brief overview of migration dynamics is provided with reference to north-south child migration in Ghana. Following sections then analyse the demographic and socio-economic characteristics of the child migrants, the risks they are exposed to and their coping strategies. Some relevant policy implications and recommendations are then made.
Working Paper WP-T23, Sussex, UK, DRC on Migration, Globalisation and Poverty, 27 pp.