Salvadoran Migration to the Us and Australia: A Comparative Perspective on the Role of Immigration Policies
El Salvador has a recent history transformed by migration. From 1920s until the1960s, most of El Salvador's migration was internal or within Central America, driven byseasonal work in areas of the country with cash crop economies. During the 1960s,migration to the US remained limited and mainly composed of middle- and upper- classSalvadorans, who mainly migrated for educational reasons (Interviews 2011). Yet by thelate 1960s, the number of Salvadorans leaving the country doubled to 50,000 migrants(Hamilton and Chinchilla 1991). From 1965 onward, international migration flowspeaked dramatically and accelerated in the 1980s (Hamilton and Chinchilla 1991;
Alvarenga, Melissa Regina, "Salvadoran Migration to the Us and Australia: A Comparative Perspective on the Role of Immigration Policies" (2014). ETD Collection for Fordham University. AAI13853172.