Transnationality of Child Poverty: the Case of Iranian and Afghan Street Children in Tehran
Half of Iranâ€™s street children live in the countryâ€™s capital, Tehran. Street children spend the day and part of the night in the streets and engage in informal economic activities. They experience abuse, violence and psychological distress in public spaces. The street child issue in Iran is a transnational issue; according to official reports, up to half of street children are Afghans refugeesâ€™ and migrantsâ€™ children whose exposure to economic and cultural hardship and stereotyping is related to child poverty. This study provides a review of literature on street childrenâ€™s demographics and situation in Tehran, and the relation between child poverty and Afghan inhabitantsâ€™ social and economic situation. I suggest that local approaches to resolve the street child issue have failed because child poverty in Iran is a transnational problem.
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