From City to City: A Study of Migrant Street Children in Nigeria

  • FA Eboiyehi
  • C Muoghalu
  • A Eromonsele
Keywords: Migrant street children, Menial jobs, Cities, Southwestern, Nigeria

Abstract

The paper examined the plights of street children who relocated from Lagos to neighbouring cities in Ogun and Oyo States of Southwestern Nigeria. In all, 180 indepth interviews and 18 focus group discussions were conducted among street children between ages of 10 and 16 years. The reasons why they found solace in the street include difficulties in surviving in poor households, maltreatment and lack of parents. Majority of them identified police harassment, robbery, accident and kidnapping as major problems facing them. Their coping strategies include hawking, scavenging and bus conducting. The policy implication of the study is also discussed.

Key word: Migrant street children, Menial jobs, Cities, Southwestern, Nigeria

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