WSJ: Central American Migrants Are ‘Voting With Their Feet’ Despite U.S. Threats

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Central American Migrants Are ‘Voting With Their Feet’ Despite U.S. Threats
U.S. aid cuts to Northern Triangle countries aren’t slowing migration because the billions of dollars in remittances migrants in the U.S. send back home is much bigger
WSJ: July 19, 2019

CHINACLA, Honduras—President Trump’s government recently announced more than $560 million in aid cuts to Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador—the Northern Triangle—in a bid to pressure them to slow the flow of migrants to the U.S.

But the plan faces a grim economic reality: aid isn’t nearly as vital as the billions of dollars in remittances sent home by migrants in the U.S.

That gives thousands of poor farmers here in a vast region of tropical forest and farmland in southern Honduras a strong incentive to migrate in search of better wages and economic stability. And it gives the Central American governments little incentive to stop them.

“No amount of economic development aid is going to greatly transform economic opportunity in the Northern Triangle in short order,” said Michael Clemens, an economist and senior fellow at the Center for Global Development, a Washington think tank. “In contrast, remittances are critical across the region to shield families from poverty and from bad shocks from things like crop failures—which drive more migration.” Read More