Guatemala City, Guatemala
Eduardo Stein, former Guatemalan Vice President and Foreign Minister
Demetrios G. Papademetriou, MPI President
Doris Meissner, MPI Senior Fellow
Raquel Zelaya, President of the Board of Directors of the Guatemalan think tank ASIES (Asociación de Investigación y Estudios Sociales)
Victoria Rietig, MPI Associate Policy Analyst
During this public briefing in Guatemala City (conducted in both English and Spanish), the Co-Directors of the Migration Policy Institute-convened Regional Migration Study Group, MPI President Demetrios G. Papademetriou and Senior Fellow Doris Meissner, presented the Study Group’s final report, Thinking Regionally to Compete Globally: Leveraging Migration and Human Capital in the U.S., Mexico, and Central America. The report outlines the powerful demographic, economic, and social forces reshaping Mexico and much of Central America and changing longstanding migration dynamics with the United States. The Study Group, co-chaired by former Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo, former U.S. Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez, and former Guatemalan Vice President and Foreign Minister Eduardo Stein, offers a forward-looking, pragmatic agenda for the United States, Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras—focusing on new collaborative approaches on migration and human-capital development to strengthen regional competitiveness. This discussion in Guatemala is moderated by Eduardo Stein after introductory comments by Raquel Zelaya, President of the Board of Directors of the Guatemalan think tank ASIES (Asociación de Investigación y Estudios Sociales), and also features MPI Associate Policy Analyst Victoria Rietig.