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Migration Narratives in Northern Central America

What are the stories we hear, and tell, about the movement of people across international boundaries? How do these narratives reinforce — or undermine — national values, security, and prosperity?

In “Migration Narratives in Northern Central America: How Competing Stories Shape Policy and Public Opinion in Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador,” the National Immigration Forum, Metropolitan Group, Migration Policy Institute (MPI) and RAND Corp. analyze how migration narratives since 2018 have engendered pride and loyalty, fear and shame, hope and despair — as well as how different actors may leverage them to justify policy approaches or incentivize mobility decisions.

You can read the full paper here. The executive summary is also available in Spanish. A June 7 webinar with report authors and partners is available in English and Spanish.

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