Migration statistics for El Salvador

William Pleitez, chief economist of the UN Development Program in El Salvador recently presented these statistics:

  • During the past three decades, the country has lost a fourth of its population.   
  • In the 1970s, 290,000 Salvadorans emigrated.
  • In the 1980s, 540,000 Salvadorans emigrated.
  • In the 1990s, 630,000 Salvadorans emigrated.
  • Since 2000, migration rates are 60,000 per year.
  • 60% of those who left were young adults between the ages of 16 and 30
  • 30% of graduates from Salvadoran universities have emigrated.