Peru’s Brewing Migration Storm

By Will Freeman

As Peru’s deeply unpopular Congress erodes democracy, its citizens are increasingly voting with their feet. Washington can prevent a bigger outflow.

Last year, hundreds of thousands of Mexicans, Venezuelans, Cubans, Colombians, and Ecuadorians reached the U.S.-Mexico border, pushed from their homes by a similar mix of factors: gang-led extortion and violence, stagnating economies, and governments too undemocratic or too corrupt to deliver solutions. Policymakers in Washington and the media took note. Still, one country experiencing skyrocketing outmigration rarely makes the headlines: Peru. In 2022, over 400,000 Peruvians left the country without returning, more than in any year since 1990. In just the first half of 2023, another...

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