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How many children from other countries come to the US unaccompanied?


Unaccompanied alien children leave their home countries for the U.S. to rejoin family already in the United States, to escape abusive family relationships in the home country, or to find work to support their families in the home country In FY07, the numbers of children in ORR custody and care ranged from approximately 1,000 to 1,600. Of those, 76% were male and 24% female; 15% were below the age of 14

The most common native countries of unaccompanied alien children are El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala, making up 85% of children coming to this country alone.

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Last Updated: 04/28/2008