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UNICEF-Impact of Labour Migration on Children left behind in Tajikistan

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United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
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UNICEF initiated a study to analyze the impact of labour migration on “children left behind”, with a view to better understand the influences of labour migration on the wellbeing of children and support raising awareness among policy makers in generating policy responses to address the issue. OPM was contracted to carry out the study in Tajikistan in the period between July 2010 and March 2011. The study uses the children’s rights based approach to examine the impact of labour migration on different aspects of wellbeing and rights of children and adolescents, particularly from abandoned families, with a special focus on education, health, nutrition and social assistance. The study consists of: - A literature review to provide a comprehensive understanding of the micro-level social, cultural, and economic context of labour migration and household livelihood strategies in Tajikistan and to identify existing challenges/gaps in policy and practice; - Participatory qualitative research, including focus groups children, adolescents and adults and in-depth-interviews with decision-makers; - Quantitative research of migrant households, abandoned migrant households, and non-migrant households based on nonprobabilistic sampling methods; and - Presentation of findings of the study to government stakeholders and development partners.

Portfolio Manager, Social Care Services
Portfolio Leader, Education
Leader, Regional Development