Title

Central American Migration: Root Causes and U.S. Policy

Author Information

Congressional Research service

Date of Publication

2021 12:00 AM

Security Theme

Migration

Keywords

migration, covid- 19, central america

Description

According to a model developed by academics at the University of Texas at Austin, an estimated311,000 people, on average, left the Northern Triangle region of Central America (see Figure 1) annually fromFY2014 to FY2020, with the majority bound for the United States. Flows have varied from year to year, however, with an estimated 709,000 people leaving the region in FY2019 followed by an estimated 139,000 people leaving the region in FY2020. Surveys conducted in 2020 found that many potential migrants in the region had postponed their plans in the midst of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic but intended to undertake their journeys once governments lifted cross-border travel restrictions.

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Central American Migration: Root Causes and U.S. Policy

According to a model developed by academics at the University of Texas at Austin, an estimated311,000 people, on average, left the Northern Triangle region of Central America (see Figure 1) annually fromFY2014 to FY2020, with the majority bound for the United States. Flows have varied from year to year, however, with an estimated 709,000 people leaving the region in FY2019 followed by an estimated 139,000 people leaving the region in FY2020. Surveys conducted in 2020 found that many potential migrants in the region had postponed their plans in the midst of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic but intended to undertake their journeys once governments lifted cross-border travel restrictions.