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From Home To The Street: Children’s Street-Ward Migration In Cape Verde

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This chapter examines children's reasons for engaging with, moving to and living on the streets of Mindelo, arguing that it is only in terms of autonomous mobility within a heterogeneous and profoundly divided urban and social space that one can better understand what is commonly defined as the phenomenon of &t;street children.&t; It considers the 'street' as a potentially effective survival strategy for young people that can be adopted but does not define or identify a clear-cut set of actors. According to these assertions, the chapter suggests that the relationship between actors and the street environment must be viewed as opportunistic rather than fatalistic. It argues that such a lens can significantly assist researchers in their quest to understand children's decision-making processes by better identifying children's motives for migrating to or staying on the street-even when alternatives may be available.

Keywords: children's street-ward migration; children's decision-making processes; Mindelo



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