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Security & Strategic Review - October 2019

Internal displacement in the Northern Triangle

While headlines have often focussed on external migration by nationals from Central America’s Northern Triangle (El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras) mainly to Mexico and the US, at the end of August the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) launched a report first published last year on internal displacement in the Northern Triangle. Echoing the findings of other reports on the topic such as by the Norwegian-based NGO International Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC), the IACHR report found there are multiple factors influencing internal migration, including violence and repressive measures taken by state actors, while violence is worsened by high levels of inequality and poverty in the sub-region.

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