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20 Jun 2018 description

Michael Clemens and Kate Gough

Each year tens of thousands of children make the difficult journey from Central America to the U.S. border—some with family members and some alone. Amidst a heated and emotional debate about the “right way” to handle these migrants, we need to make sure we’re paying attention to the hard facts about why so many children are coming.

15 Feb 2018 description

Michael Clemens and Kate Gough

KEY TAKEAWAYS

• Lawful migration channels are often suggested as a tool to reduce unlawful migration, but often without much evidence that they work.

• There is evidence that lawful channels for migration between Mexico and the United States have suppressed unlawful migration, but only when combined with robust enforcement efforts.