African Child and Youth Wellbeing in the Context of Migration and Displacement
Internal and international migration are increasing, largely due to globalization and conflicts. High migration rates involving children and youth have been reported among African communities (Karagueuzian and Verdier-Chouchane 2014; UN 2013). For instance, as of December 31, 2016, Nigeria had 1,955,000 internally displaced persons (IDMC, 2018). Ghana has also established several refugee camps to respond to the needs of migrants fleeing wars in neighbouring countries. While there is an emerging literature describing the health challenges of African migrant children and youth in the Global North, there is a paucity of information regarding the health status of displaced children and youth in African countries, where displacement tends to exacerbate existing health challenges.
This project will synthesize the literature and establish a research team to investigate African child and youth health in the context of migration and displacement. The final outcome of this program of research is to improve the health and social outcomes of migrant and displaced African children and youths. A short-term outcome of scholarly benefit is the compilation and synthesis of all literature that is available on migrant and displaced African children and youths