USCRI: U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants

New report explores the motivations and perspectives of the Salvadoran migrant

December 11, 2013

WASHINGTON- In an international partnership with the Universidad Tecnológica de El Salvador (UTEC), the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) released a report today that strives to provide a deeper understanding of this migration pattern from Salvadorans.

El Salvador is known to be a country of migration. Approximately 2.8 million Salvadorans live abroad, of which 90% are located in the United States.

Research was conducted by Salvadorans among Salvadoran repatriated migrants.  “A Profile of the Modern Salvadoran Migrant” explores and analyzes the roots of migration among Salvadoran adults and children from the migrants’ perspectives. It explores the migrants’ concepts of identity, human rights, and modes of communication related to their decision to leave El Salvador. 

The report is designed to inform policymakers, government officials, and civil-society organizations about the issues that this migrant community faces.

“Migration is one of the most critical issues of our times. The dangers that Salvadoran migrants are willing to endure while travelling to the United States deserves our attention,” said Lavinia Limón, President and CEO of USCRI. “We must continue creating awareness about the perils of the journey so we can better protect the migrant community, particularly those who are most vulnerable.”


The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) is a nonprofit organization that has provided leadership for more than a century to protect the rights and address the needs of persons in forced or voluntary migration worldwide by advancing fair and humane public policy, facilitating and providing direct professional services, and promoting the full participation of migrants in community life.  Learn more at

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