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This work briefly reviews the complex web of factors traditionally considered migration drivers. The authors’ interviews with migrants and their own work on anti-corruption efforts in Central America led them to hypothesize that something is missing from this traditional framework. Interviews with migrants in transit suggested that beyond any individual or combination of factors stood a profound lack of hope that the situation in their home country would improve.

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Florida International University


Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration

Hopelessness and Corruption: Overlooked Drivers of Migration from the Northern Triangle of Central America



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