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Date of Graduation

Spring 2018

Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (BA)


Department of Political Science


Kristin Wylie

Charles Blake

David Troullie


In the face of ever increasing civil conflict in Central America, the United States is attempting to grapple with immigration reform as the number of refugees continues to rise. Though the dominant narrative seems to indicate that people are flocking to the United States for economic opportunity, upon further analysis it seems that there are a variety of push and pull factors for migration to the United States. In this thesis three case studies of Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala are analyzed to determine the push and pull factors causing migration to the United States. After examining the push and pull factors for migration, this thesis examines what factors play into whether a person from these countries is granted refugee status. Ultimately the thesis concludes that regardless of the push or pull factors, refugee status is determined by whether the political ideology of the regime the person is fleeing is compatible with the political agenda of the current US presidential administration.



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