Beyond the Border: Understanding the Root Causes of Child Migration from Central America

May 27, 2021

Root Causes Fact Sheet

Why are children leaving Central America and arriving at the U.S. border?

Children and families arriving at the U.S. border to ask for protection is not new and it is not unexpected. The root causes of migration are complex and interconnected, and they have worsened over time. While most children are fleeing a form of violence, abuse, or exploitation, several interconnected factors may be at play in every child’s migration story. Learn more about these factors and our key recommendations to address the root causes of child migration. 

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