Migrating irregularly is more costly than migrating regularly
According to research conducted by MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), irregular migration routes tend to be much more costly than legal migration routes.
The research, which is based on a survey of more than 5,000 people from El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala, reveals that at least 55% of respondents have attempted to enter the US irregularly by paying a ‘Coyote’, which costs about $7,500 per attempt. This is an increase of more than 66% compared to the cost of legal migration routes.
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Why do foreigners decide to migrate irregularly if it is more expensive?
One might ask, if irregular migration is so costly and dangerous, why do hundreds of thousands of immigrants choose this option? Well, there are many possible variables involved.
Let’s look at some of them:
- There are rumors among immigrant populations that legal immigration processes are very difficult and costly, which is not always the case. In other words, misinformation and misconceptions cause irregular migration.
- Waiting times can also be a trigger for immigrants trying to enter the US in the shortest possible time through irregular routes.
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Local conditions also drive irregular migration
There is another important aspect to consider when analyzing the reasons why foreigners decide to migrate irregularly despite it being an extremely dangerous and costly journey, especially from Central America.
We are referring to certain conditions inherent to the Central American territory such as famine, war, unemployment, violence, and corruption. When people face risky situations that threaten their integrity or that of their family, then they try to flee to protect their lives and often choose to migrate irregularly.
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The US’ role in the situation
As MIT explains in its research, the US plays an extremely important role in effectively addressing irregular migration. This is because, if the local government improves the immigration system and simplifies existing processes, then foreign nationals would have the opportunity to access more efficient legal immigration routes.
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