Research Handbook on Child Migration
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Research Handbook on Child Migration

Edited by Jacqueline Bhabha, Jyothi Kanics and Daniel Senovilla Hernández

The scope and complexity of child migration have only recently emerged as a critical factors in global migration. This volume assembles for the first time a richly interdisciplinary body of work, drawing on contributions from renowned scholars, eminent practitioners and prominent civil society advocates from across the globe and from a wide range of different mobility contexts. Their invaluable pedagogical tools and research documents demonstrate the urgency and breadth of this important new aspect of international human mobility in our global age.
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Chapter 8: Roots of juvenile migration from El Salvador

Susan Bibler Coutin


The number of unaccompanied children entering the United States from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras rose from 3,000 to 4,500 in the early 2000s to close to 60,000 in 2016. Who are these children? Why are they migrating? What are their future prospects? To address these questions, this chapter explores the complex history of Salvadoran migration, with a focus on the perspectives and experiences of children and youth. Key features of this history include civil war, U.S. economic and military intervention, and the denial of refuge. Current child migration is rooted in these earlier moments.

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