Archive for June 16th, 2019

16/06/2019

The Forgotten Migrants of Central America

Human Wrongs Watch

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UNITED NATIONS, Jun 12 2019 (IPS)* – Rural and indigenous populations in countries like Guatemala and Honduras are increasingly on the move – either migrating internally or to neighbouring countries.

Traditional indigenous attire of a Mayan woman from the Quiche region of Guatemala. UN Photo/John Olsson

But the focus on these populations has been limited, leaving them forgotten and marginalized as they continue to be disproportionately affected by climate change.

The disappearance of farmlands and unreliability of crops due to climate change have led families to experience increased food and economic insecurity—that have forced some of them to migrate.

“In general, we can say that the majority of rural migrants are poor people, but often not the poorest, because the latter cannot afford the significant costs of these journeys,” Ricardo Rapallo, Senior Food Security Officer at the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), told IPS.

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16/06/2019

Remittances Matter: 8 Facts You Don’t Know about the Money Migrants Send Back Home

Human Wrongs Watch

This Sunday [16 June 2019] marks the second International Day of Family Remittances, observed every year on 16 June, in recognition of the fundamental contribution of migrant workers to their families and communities back home.

IFAD/Christine Nesbitt | The small amounts of $200 or $300 that each migrant sends home make up about 60 per cent of the family’s household income.

Here are eight things you might not know about the transformative power of these often small – yet major – contributions to sustainable development worldwide:

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