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Why Do People Migrate? Part 1: Facts

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In 2014 there has been a pick in the number of children trying to cross the US-Mexico border. This has provoked heated debates on the relevance on a human rights framework when looking at migrations from South to North America.
Read the article and share your views by writing your journal and reading the others' journals!

Child migration is a symptom, not a phenomena in itself

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"Share your views" is not a very precise instruction. The issue of child migration emphasizes the unintended consequences many policies. Whatever modifications will be made, migrants, human trafficing and migration routes will adapt. Migration flows will continue as long as multinational and US corporations continue to destroy agriculture in Central and South America via trade agreements such as NAFTA. In Mexico, 1.3 million primarily small and subsistence farmers in the rural sector that worked with corn and bean production lost their existence and started to migrate (http://www.iatp.org/files/NAFTA_and_the_FTAA_Impact_on_Mexicos_Agricultu.pdf). As a farmer, you are not likely to want your children to move into farming or criminal activities, thus migration to the US often seems to be the most promising imaginary.

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