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Factors driving Salvadoran youth migration: A formative assessment focused on Salvadoran repatriation facilities

•We aimed to understand push factors for migration among recently deported Salvadoran youths.•We conducted 14 in-depth semi-structured interviews with case workers, direct observation, and secondary data analysis.•Family reunification, security, coyote payment, and socioeconomic factors contribute as push factors for youth migration.•Quantitative data illustrate a spike in youth repatriated by land in July 2014.•Quantitative data show family reunification, insecurity, and economic factors act as push factors for land-repatriated youth.•Recently repatriated youth have a need for follow-up services, and mechanisms need to be generated to provide those services.

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Anastario, M. P., Barrick, K., Gibbs, D., Pitts, W., Werth, S., & Lattimore, P. (2015). Factors driving Salvadoran youth migration: A formative assessment focused on Salvadoran repatriation facilities. Children and Youth Services Review, 59, 97-104. DOI: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2015.10.019