North and Central American Task Force on Migration
With countries across North and Central America affected by the large movements of people fleeing violence, corruption, poverty, criminality, and the effects of climate change, regional action on shared challenges is necessary to build lasting solutions. Launched in June 2021, the North and Central America Task Force on Migration is heeding the call to build a regional and comprehensive approach to humanitarian protection and migration management from Canada to Panama.
Created through an initiative of the World Refugee & Migration Council in partnership with the Migration Policy Institute (MPI), the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies, El Colegio de México, and the Inter-American Dialogue, the task force will advance evidence-based recommendations on humanitarian protection, international responsibility sharing, legal pathways for migration, and other key areas of migration management.
The task force is composed of civil society, business leaders, academic researchers, and former policymakers who are examining solutions both to immediate humanitarian demands and underlying economic, security, and governance pressures that impel migrants and refugees to leave their countries of origin. The task force is co-chaired by Madeleine Albright, former U.S. Secretary of State; Lloyd Axworthy, Chair, World Refugee & Migration Council and former Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs; Mayu Brizuela de Avila, former Salvadoran Minister of Foreign Affairs; Laura Chinchilla, former President of Costa Rica; Silvia Giorguli Saucedo, President of El Colegio de México; and Cardinal Álvaro Ramazzini, Bishop of Huehuetenango, Guatemala. MPI President Andrew Selee and Senior Fellow Doris Meissner, who heads MPI's U.S. Immigration Policy Program, are among the task force's members.
Members and Activities
For a full list of the Task Force co-chairs and members, click here.
The inaugural statement of the Task Force, outlining its vision of creative and collective regional migration management, can be found here.
The press release announcing the launch of the initiative, can be found here.
The Task Force's publications are collected here.
Research Paper: Criminal Governance in Northern Central America
Research Paper: Alternative Protection Pathways in the Americas
Research Paper: Environmental Drivers of Migration from Northern Central America
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