Aug 23, 2011

Immigraton Facts: Not enough to stem the tide

An excellent look at the economic dynamics of migration from Mexico and Central America to the U.S.

National Catholic Reporter: Swimming against the tide of small farmers who are abandoning their crops in search of a better income in cities or across the border in the United States, the farmers in Acteal (Mexico, who have developed a honey and coffee coop) are struggling to make a decent living off the land, with assistance from Catholic Relief Services, the U.S. bishops’ aid and development agency.

In various parts of Mexico and Central America, local development projects are trying to boost farmers’ income. But experts say that focusing on rural development in the farmers’ home countries is not enough to stem the tide of northward migration.

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