Rethinking Migration in Latin America by Erika Mouynes & Meghan Lopez

The waves of migrants in Latin America are increasing and will continue to cause humanitarian crises across the region until the root causes of displacement are addressed. The worsening situation calls for a new pact to coordinate and intensify the efforts of donors, governments and aid organizations.

PANAMA CITY – Most Latin American countries have a long history of receptiveness to migration. But an unprecedented rise in 2021 in the number of people displaced by political unrest, economic instability, violence, widespread inequality, climate change, the COVID-19 pandemic and other factors means that the efforts of many governments to protect migrants are insufficient. the intentions embodied in their policies.

One of the most worrying features of the current migration situation in Latin America is the gap between the intentions of each country expressed through their migration policies and their capacities to provide displaced persons with the protections they need. This is usually linked to insufficient financial and technical support from the international community.

Countries in the region are making incredible efforts to manage the current migration crisis, prioritizing programs according to what their limited resources allow. But the diversity of approaches contributes more to the movement of people because migrants and asylum seekers tend to go where they can gain the most security for themselves and their families.

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