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Statement on suspension of aid to Central America


Reacting to the news that President Trump has suspended aid to El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras to stem migration to the United States, IDMC's Elizabeth Rushing, who is leading a project seeking to untangle the complex web of violence, poverty, inequality and weak governance in the region, said:

"Our research into the drivers of internal displacement in Central America, which often leads to onward movements within and across borders, anticipates that reversing US policy which seeks to tackle the root causes of the crisis will only heighten existing inequality and push more people to leave. Investing in socio-economic development, good governance and working to reduce the violence that is plaguing the region is key to helping Central Americans remain home in a safe and dignified way."

Find out more about our research into crime and displacement in Central America here. 


Notes to editors:
The Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) is the world's authoritative source of data and analysis on internal displacement. Since its establishment in 1998 as part of the Norwegian Refugee Council, IDMC has delivered on an internationally-endorsed mandate to provide a rigorous, independent and trusted service to the international community.

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