Unjust Trade and Forced Migration

NAFTA’s and CAFTA’s Broken Promises Increase Migration

When NAFTA was implemented in 1994, and CAFTA in 2006, Mexicans and Central Americans were told that increases in trade, foreign direct investment and exports would raise incomes and the standard of living. The trade agreements were supposed to reduce migration, create more and better jobs, and reduce prices for goods. While trade and foreign direct investment have dramatically increased in Mexico, only 10% of the population has seen a higher standard of living. With millions of jobs made obsolete by cheap imports from the United States, many Mexicans and Central Americans have been left with no choice but to migrate north looking for work.  For example, in CAFTA’s first year 11,457 jobs were lost in El Salvador alone and the number of Salvadorans leaving for the United States increased from 507 per day to 740 per day. …


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