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Editor, Migration Information Source
Marissa Esthimer is Editor of the Migration Information Source, the Migration Policy Institute's respected online journal.
Previously, she was a Communications and Web Specialist at MPI, where she worked on dissemination of the Institute’s research, monitoring of the Institute's media mentions, and on website operations and publication design and production. She has also worked as a pro bono online media consultant for a nonprofit that aims to provide job training for Latinos in the Washington, DC metro area. Previously, she interned at the Center for International Policy and the Center for Democracy in the Americas, where her work focused on U.S. relations with Latin America. She spent a semester studying in Argentina.
Ms. Esthimer graduated from Cornell University with a bachelor's degree in anthropology and government and a minor in international relations.
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Signed more than 30 years ago, the Cartagena Declaration sought to address rising flows of refugees and establish regional solidarity in refugee protection in Latin America. This article explores the evolution of refugee and asylum policies in Latin America amid the long-running Colombian civil war, as well as the region's response to the current global refugee crisis.
Facing electoral challenges, falling approval rates, and weak economies, some political leaders in 2015 altered border policies or engaged in conflicts across borders as tools of domestic policy. This trend looks at the effects on migration of conflicts between Venezuela and Colombia, Russia and Ukraine, and India and Nepal.