This project explores the relationship between climate change and young Salvadoran farmers migrating to the United States. As irregular rainfall patterns change the course of winters in El Salvador, crop yield continues to plummet. As a result, farmers’ children see little opportunities for growth inside their communities – a feeling exacerbated by rising poverty and unemployment rates – and decide to leave home.
In 2016, 17,500 unaccompanied Salvadoran minors were apprehended at the border. Sixty-four percent of those deported back to El Salvador were from the country’s rural areas, where nearly one-fifth of families are too poor to pay for a basic food basket.