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State of Migration

From Guatemala to the United States, and Back Again

Dec 01, 2016 | 10 videos
Video by Julie Winokur

The short film Reverse Migration is about two men from Central America who return to invest in their community. They are both from Cajolá, a town in the Western Highlands of Guatemala, moved to Morristown, New Jersey, and then back to Cajolá. For Guatemalan men, there’s often tremendous pressure to leave the country and make money in America. “Our trips to Guatemala deepened our understanding of the powerful forces at play in the push to migrate,” write two Rutgers University professors on the film’s website. “Reverse Migration expands on that understanding by examining the pull factors that encourage migrants to return.”

This film appears in the fourth issue of Newest Americans, a collaboration between Rutgers University-Newark, Talking Eyes, and VII Photo centered around America's changing demographics. More information can be found on the Facebook page and Twitter account. This short film is part of an ongoing series on The Atlantic from Talking Eyes Media about movement, location, and identity called State of Migration.

Author: Nadine Ajaka

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An ongoing series from Newest Americans about movement, location and identity