Some claim that fear of violence is the main force driving Central Americans to migrate illegally to the U.S. This, they maintain, should give them the right to apply for asylum.
A recent study study in Honduras, however, gives a different perspective. Conducted by a Jesuit-run research center, it found that 82.9 percent of people migrating during the previous four years left for economic reasons. Only 11.3 percent left because of violence. These figures show a significant shift from three years ago when the same organization found that 77.6 left for those motives, compared with 16.9 percent for fear of violence.
Since 2012 the the level of violence in Honduras as declined. From 2016 to 2017, the number of homicides decreased by 24.97 percent.
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