Anthropology and Ethnology Open Access Journal (AEOAJ)

ISSN: 2639-2119

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The Chilean Dream: the case of Jesus, an unaccompanied young migrant. An ethnographic note

Authors: Iskra Pavez Soto*

DOI: 10.23880/aeoaj-16000235


The migration of unaccompanied children and adolescents from Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador and Venezuela to countries such as the United States, Mexico and Chile has raised concerns due to the unique challenges they face. These adolescents are seeking opportunities for education, work and family reunification, fleeing adverse contexts in their places of origin. The political crisis in Venezuela has increased the emigration of unaccompanied adolescents to countries such as Colombia, Chile and the United States. Research has examined the factors that influence migration decisions, mental health challenges and coping strategies of these young people. The vulnerability of these children is exacerbated by the lack of legal frameworks and essential services. The case of Jesús, a young Venezuelan migrant, illustrates the difficulties faced by Unaccompanied Foreign Minors (UFMs) on their journey. Improving child protection mechanisms, ensuring access to education and health care, and creating a supportive environment are crucial steps to ensure the well-being of this vulnerable population. International cooperation, improved policies and sustainable solutions are essential to protect the rights and dignity of all migrant children.

Keywords: Migration; Youth; Unaccompanied Foreign Minors; Human Rights; International Cooperation; Venezuela; Chile

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