Immigration from Central America

Immigration from Central America

by Romel Hernandez

By the first years of the 21st century, more than 2 million people of Central American origin were living in the United States and Canada. Most were in North America legally, but a significant minority-perhaps 20 percent-had immigrated without the proper documentation. Poverty and political violence, especially a series of bloody civil wars during the 1980s, have been at the root of much emigration from Central America. This book briefly chronicles the often-troubled history of the region's seven countries-Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama-and examines the experiences of those who have left to find a new life in North America. Despite many hardships, Central Americans have established vibrant communities throughout the United States and Canada, and their presence will only grow in the coming years.


ISBN 978-1-59084-688-9
7.5 x 9.5 inches
112 pages

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