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Emigration from Central America to the United States remain consistently high since the 1990s. Unlike the rest of Latin America, countries such as Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala did not show a decline in migration in the early 2000s and remains among the highest contributors to Latin American migration today. How do Central Americans respond to their fellow citizens fleeing? Hosted by IMES and the ACES Migration Network, Professor Acevedo will present his research on how the migrant caravans affected political participation among Hondurans.
Event details of Exodus and Voice: How the Migrant Caravan Motivated Political Participation in Honduras
20 March 2023
12:00 -14:00
B9.22 (Political Science common room)

While scholars have long applied Hirschman’s exit-voice-loyalty framework to understand the effects of emigration on politics, Acevedo argues that scholars have overlooked his distinction between private and public exit. He leverages the migrant caravan as a public form of exit in contrast to typical migration movements that are framed as private decisions.

Using a survey experiment and national election data, Professor Acevedo will show that exposure to the migrant caravan motivated voter turnout in Honduras. An exodus such as the migrant caravan produces nationalized signals that large flows of migration do not. This is part of a larger project on the role of exodus and political participation.

Professor Acevedo will also present the role of exodus on protest support and participation. He will also present preliminary results from El Salvador where the rise in unauthorized migration produces declines in presidential approval for its popular president. As border externalization grows around the world, this research shows the conditions where emigration would no longer be a safety valve for political leaders.

About Jesse Acevedo

Acevedo is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Denver. His research focuses on political economy, democratization, and international migration. He is interested in the political economy of emigration and remittances in developing countries.  Furthermore, he teaches courses on data analysis, research methods, comparative politics,  Latin American politics, and political economy.  

Registration & lunch

Lunch will be served for everyone who has registered below. Please let us know about 1) your dietary requirements and allergies, if necessary. And 2) whether you would like to receive a copy of the full paper by email, one week before this lecture.


Dr. R.D. (Ruth) Carlitz

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

Programme group: Political Economy and Transnational Governance


Roeterseilandcampus - building B/C/D (entrance B/C)

Room B9.22 (Political Science common room)
Nieuwe Achtergracht 166
1018 WV Amsterdam