No Childhood Here: Why Central American Children are Fleeing Their Homes
Washington, DC: American Immigration Council
July 2014, 12 pages
Though many children are leaving their country as a last resort, this report cites some of the push factors that lead children and youth to leave their homes including organized crime, gangs, violence, and in rural areas, extreme poverty. This is compounded both children and their families not trusting their governments to help them. Furthermore, studies are showing that only 1 in 3 children cite family reunification as a primary reason for leaving home.