Fleeing home: Notes on the Central American caravan in its transit to reach the US–Mexico border
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It was in early October 2018 when I heard about the caravan of migrants heading from Central America to the southern Mexican border. Although I contemplated traveling to Mexico’s southern border with a colleague from Mexico to encounter the caravan, reports of the caravan’s route and logistics contained so much uncertainty that I ultimately stayed where I was. However, at the beginning of November, while in Mexico City attending the World Social Forum on Migrations, I heard that members of the caravan had begun arriving in the city. As a sociologist interested in migration, whose areas of specialization include Central American immigrant communities in the US, meeting the caravan in Mexico City presented a tremendous opportunity that I could not ignore.
My interest in the caravan stemmed not only from my research agenda but also from my personal experience of having been an undocumented immigrant in the US in the late 1980s. Moreover, in the late 1990s, I lived in Honduras for a couple...
Thanks to Lucia and Orlando for their generosity in sharing their stories and for the teachings of solidarity, resilience, perseverance and strength that thousands of Central American immigrants who joined the caravans in 2018 and 2019 gave us.
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