In the Footprints of Migrants: Perspectives and Experiences of Migrants from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras in the United States

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Dec 2019
The objective of this study is to characterize migrants, their motivations, migration experience, and life in the United States, in order to improve the design and effectiveness of public policies geared on this phenomenon in their countries of origin. To gain a better understanding of the migration experience from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, a survey on recent migrants was conducted in the main metropolitan areas of residence in the United States. In 2017, 36 percent of the migrant population from these countries was living in one of these three selected metropolitan areas: Washington, DC; Los Angeles, CA; and New York. Given the substantial outflow of people from these countries to the United States, it is important to gain a better understanding of the push and pull factors, as well as of the migration experience, in order to design public policies that make the population more likely to remain in their place of origin, mitigate the impact of migration on families that remain in their home countries and facilitate the reintegration of returning migrants.