According to a report by the Pew Hispanic Center, there are 1,827,000 immigrants from El Salvador living in the United States. At 3%, they constitute the fourth-largest Hispanic population group. According to that report, Salvadoran immigrants are the group with the lowest level of education among all Hispanics. Only 24% have completed secondary school and 20% are living in poverty. According to the Directorate General of Migration and Immigrant Rights, 52,560 Salvadoran expatriates returned to El Salvador in 2016, most from Mexico (59.6%) and the United States (40.1%). In addition to being stigmatised due to their emigration, migrants face even greater challenges after returning home: they have not earned any professional experience during their years working in the USA or Mexico, nor have they developed any skills during that time abroad which they could apply at home. Given that labour market integration is extremely difficult for these people, they often try to go back to the USA again or look for other sources of income. This search is often unproductive and is frequently against the law.
To improve the quality of life for people returning to El Salvador from the USA and Mexico by facilitating their integration into the job market.
The project focuses on certifying the skills of returnees. This will be achieved through the following activities:
sector working in the following areas: sheet-rock processing and ceramic
of the Salvadoran Chamber of the Construction Industry (CASALCO)
personal satisfaction due to their reintegration into society as
productive contributors to the national economy.
Impact of the project
July 2016 – August 2017
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