Migration Crises in the Americas: Origins and Policy Responses
A discussion with Andrew Selee, President of the Migration Policy Institute
Latin Americans are on the move like never before, as a series of crises have pushed people from their homes across the hemisphere. Over 4 1/2 Venezuelans have sought refuge in other countries, mostly in Latin America, as the country's political and economic crisis deepens, while another 100,000 Nicaraguans have moved south to Costa Rica. Meanwhile, Guatemalans, Honduras, and Salvadorans have abandoned their countries in record numbers as violence, drought, and political instability, mostly headed to the United States. How should we respond to a hemisphere in motion? What policies are being implemented in Latin American countries and in the United States that make it easier-or sometimes much harder-for migrants and refugees to find a place to go?