Central america migration has greatly increased since 2012 and now includes not just adults seeking work but also many families and unaccompanied children poverty violence lack of economic opportunities and food insecurity are among the top reasons migrants cite for traveling to the us. Find in one place the relevant mpi resources on the rise in unaccompanied child migration to the united states from central america from research articles and public briefings that analyze the trends and policy developments surrounding the recent uptick in flows to data on central american immigrant populations and country profiles of el salvador guatemala and honduras. While much attention has been paid to recent central american arrivals at the us mexico border nearly half of the approximately 35 million central americans resident in the united states in 2017 arrived before 2000 about one third are naturalized us citizens and they tend to participate in the labor force at a higher rate than foreign and us born adults. With support from the ford foundation clals has published a report offering a comprehensive orientation to the recent surge in migration to the united states by unaccompanied children uacs and families from the northern triangle countries of central america el salvador guatemala and honduras . Unaccompanied alien children potential factors contributing to recent immigration congressional research service 2 background3 unaccompanied alien children uac are defined in statute as aliens4 under age 18 who lack lawful immigration status in the united states and who are without a parent or legal guardian in
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