Honors College Theses

Date

2021

Major

International Studies (B.A.)

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (open access)

Faculty Mentor

William Biebuyck

Abstract

This paper will evaluate forced child migration from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador, more commonly known as Central America’s Northern Triangle. More specifically, the research questions how the denial of primary education may constitute a human rights violation that catalyzes forced child migration from the region. If the denial of education constitutes a human rights abuse, then current classifications and management of child migrants at the border can no longer be deemed sufficient or legal. Ultimately, if the denial of primary education represents a significant human rights abuse and cause of forced child migration, United States immigration policy must be altered in order to conform to international law, as well as provide security and sanctuary to these vulnerable ‘refugees’. This project will also closely examine how corruption, gang violence, and economic stagnation - other ‘push’ factors for child migration - are intertwined with failing schools and the denial of education at the domestic level.

Thesis Summary

This paper will evaluate forced child migration from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador, more commonly known as Central America’s Northern Triangle. More specifically, the research questions how the denial of primary education may constitute a human rights violation that catalyzes forced child migration from the region. If the denial of education constitutes a human rights abuse, then current classifications and management of child migrants at the border can no longer be deemed sufficient or legal. Ultimately, if the denial of primary education represents a significant human rights abuse and cause of forced child migration, United States immigration policy must be altered in order to conform to international law, as well as provide security and sanctuary to these vulnerable ‘refugees’. This project will also closely examine how corruption, gang violence, and economic stagnation - other ‘push’ factors for child migration - are intertwined with failing schools and the denial of education at the domestic level.

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