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The Sequelae of Premigration Hunger Among Venezuelan Immigrant Children in the U.S.

Published:December 11, 2019DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.amepre.2019.10.010
      Since 2015, two defining features of life in Venezuela are hunger and emigration. In the face of the once prosperous nation's hyperinflation and severe economic collapse, food scarcity is a regular occurrence such that undernourishment is a growing issue.
      Human Rights Watch
      Venezuela's humanitarian emergency.
      The UN
      United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
      Refugees and migrants from Venezuela top 4 million: UNHCR and IOM.
      estimates that more than 4 million Venezuelans have left their country because of their nation's manifold social and economic challenges. Although prior research has shown that hunger and the stress of migration can potentiate risk for behavioral health problems, no research has examined the experiences of Venezuelan children in diaspora.
      • Weinreb L
      • Wehler C
      • Perloff J
      • et al.
      Hunger: its impact on children's health and mental health.
      ,
      • Schwartz SJ
      • Salas-Wright CP
      • Pérez-Gómez A
      • et al.
      Cultural stress and psychological symptoms in recent Venezuelan immigrants to the United States and Colombia.
      Venezuelans are by far the fastest growing Hispanic origin group in the U.S.,
      • Noe-Bustamante L.
      Key facts about U.S. Hispanics and their diverse heritage.
      and it is critical that policymakers and practitioners understand how hunger among children impacts post-migration adaptation. Such knowledge will directly inform ongoing and future programs to support this at-risk population.
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