Title

The Sequelae of Premigration Hunger Among Venezuelan Immigrant Children in the U.S.

Date of Publication

1-1-2019 12:00 AM

Publication Date

2019

Security Theme

Migration

Keywords

srhreports, migration, country-unitedstates

Description

Since 2015, two defining features of life in Venezuela are hunger and emigration. In the face of the once prosperous nation's hyperinflation and severe economic collapse, food scarcity is a regular occurrence such that undernourishment is a growing issue. 1 The UN 2 estimates that more than 4 million Venezuelans have left their country because of their nation's manifold social and economic challenges. Although prior research has shown that hunger and the stress of migration can potentiate risk for behavioral health problems, no research has examined the experiences of Venezuelan children in diaspora. 3 , 4 Venezuelans are by far the fastest growing Hispanic origin group in the U.S., 5 and it is critical that policymakers and practitioners understand how hunger among children impacts post-migration adaptation. Such knowledge will directly inform ongoing and future programs to support this at-risk population.

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The Sequelae of Premigration Hunger Among Venezuelan Immigrant Children in the U.S.

Since 2015, two defining features of life in Venezuela are hunger and emigration. In the face of the once prosperous nation's hyperinflation and severe economic collapse, food scarcity is a regular occurrence such that undernourishment is a growing issue. 1 The UN 2 estimates that more than 4 million Venezuelans have left their country because of their nation's manifold social and economic challenges. Although prior research has shown that hunger and the stress of migration can potentiate risk for behavioral health problems, no research has examined the experiences of Venezuelan children in diaspora. 3 , 4 Venezuelans are by far the fastest growing Hispanic origin group in the U.S., 5 and it is critical that policymakers and practitioners understand how hunger among children impacts post-migration adaptation. Such knowledge will directly inform ongoing and future programs to support this at-risk population.