Guatemalan unaccompanied children migration : a case study of unaccompanied children in guatemala

dc.contributor.advisorRodriguez, Néstoren
dc.contributor.committeeMemberMenchaca, Marthaen
dc.creatorGonzalez, Luis Raulen
dc.date.accessioned2016-07-14T15:20:27Z
dc.date.available2016-07-14T15:20:27Z
dc.date.issued2016-05en
dc.date.submittedMay 2016
dc.date.updated2016-07-14T15:20:27Z
dc.description.abstractThis thesis examines the motives and conditions of migration of Guatemalan unaccompanied children through a case study. Unaccompanied children have been arriving in large numbers than in the past. According to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in fiscal year 2014, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol apprehended more than 68,000 unaccompanied children (DHS Statistical Yearbook 2014), and approximately 69,000 migrants traveling together as families. Based on ethnographic, semi-structure interviews with families, NGOs, lawyers, and community members I argue that new migration communities are emerging as a result of systemic legal violence. There is little consensus among analysts regarding why the number of Central American minors abandoning their homes in hope of entering the United States has increased so significantly. Nevertheless, structural conditions of high levels of poverty, unemployment, violence, and instability in the region has contributed to the influx of child migration.en
dc.description.departmentMexican American Studiesen
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdfen
dc.identifierdoi:10.15781/T20V89H5Ken
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2152/39094en
dc.subjectUnaccompanied childrenen
dc.subjectGuatemalaen
dc.subjectCase studyen
dc.titleGuatemalan unaccompanied children migration : a case study of unaccompanied children in guatemalaen
dc.typeThesisen
dc.type.materialtexten
thesis.degree.departmentMexican American Studiesen
thesis.degree.disciplineMexican American studiesen
thesis.degree.grantorThe University of Texas at Austinen
thesis.degree.levelMastersen
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Artsen

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