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Socialized to Migrate: Irregular Migration among the Youth in Ethiopia

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posted on 2020-08-18, 16:25 authored by Ashenafi Hagos BaynesagnAshenafi Hagos Baynesagn, Biniam Agegnehu

We designed this study to understand the Ethiopian youth's decisions to migrate irregularly. Qualitative research is ideal to understand shared individual stories within its natural context. Since the aim of this study was to understand Ethiopian youth’s decision in their natural setting, we used the qualitative approach. Qualitative research helps researchers to stay closer to their data. Therefore, qualitative interviews and FGDs conducted with youth who were potential irregular migrants or returned irregular migrants who were planning to re-migrate irregularly.




Declaration of conflicts of interest

The authors declare no conflicts of interest

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Lead author country

  • Ethiopia

Lead author job role

  • Higher Education Lecturer

Lead author institution

Addis Ababa University

Human Participants

  • Yes

Ethics statement

A committee at the School of Social Work at Addis Ababa University (Ethiopia) granted permission to conduct this research. All of the youth voluntarily participated in the study. Before an interview, each youth was given a consent form to read; the form indicated the purpose of the study, participants' rights, and how the data might be presented in the final report as well as other publications. Four interview participants indicated they were not willing to be tape-recorded, so only notes were taken in those instances.


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