This paper draws on research with a group of Zimbabwean orphaned young people. It explores their experiences of migrating to South Africa during the COVID-19 period when official borders were closed. It draws attention to the complexities of south–south migration in the era of COVID-19 in a way that situates the orphaned child migrants as having contradictory, fluid identities that are simultaneously victimised, agentic and infinitely more complex than the dominant binary representation of adult/child.
Madziva, R., Mahiya, I., & Nyoni, C. (2022). Childhood and children's migration in the era of COVID-19: A case study of Zimbabwean children/young people's migration to South Africa. Children & Society, https://doi.org/10.1111/chso.12680