Baseline Research Report: Project for the Protection of Migrant Children Along the AbidjanLagos Corridor (CORAL)

Dr Neil Howard, Dr Mélanie Jacquemin, Dr Dorte Thorsen - Terre des hommes- Lausanne, the AMWCY and ENDA

On April 1st 2017, Terre des hommes (Tdh), ENDA and the African Movement of Working Children and Youth (AMWCY) began the Project for the Protection of Migrant children along the Abidjan-Lagos Corridor (CORAL) in Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Togo, Benin and Nigeria. CORAL’s core purpose is to strengthen child protection services for migrant children and children affected by migration, including increasing access to those services, reinforcing existing services, creating new ones, and stimulating synergies between the formal and the informal actors. The present document constitutes the baseline report for that project, undertaken primarily as a situation analysis able to guide future programming. The themes that emerged from the findings include the mixed role of families, that protection services exist but are limited, mundane difficulties matter, adolescence and social transitions, placement channels for children, and apprenticeships as protective and exploitative. From the findings, the authors of this document present recommendations for programming to best meet the needs of the population.