A new UN study finds a correlation between irregular migration in Central America and prolonged droughts in the region

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The UN has released a new study that finds a causal relation between long lasting droughts in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras and the increase in irregular migration from these countries to the United States. This research shows that younger and more vulnerable people are more prone to leave food-insecure areas – especially in the Dry Corridor, a drought-prone area that crosses these countries. Indeed, guaranteeing enough food supplies for themselves is one of the aims of most families. 
This is why 72% of those families that receive money from migrants abroad applied “emergency” coping strategies, such as selling their land, farm animals and tools to buy food.

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El Salvador

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24 pages

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Mitigating the negative impact of migration on family members' rights in countries of origin

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JMDI publication