Sara Staedicke was a Communications Specialist at the Migration Policy Institute, where she worked on publication layout and design, research dissemination, media engagement and tracking, website operations, and multimedia production.
Previously, she was a Communications Coordinator at MPI, and before that supported communications activities as an intern at MPI and the Center for Migration Studies of New York. She also interned at the International Organization for Migration’s Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, where her work focused on project development and gender equality. She has studied and interned in China and Thailand.
Ms. Staedicke holds a bachelor’s of arts degree in geography and East Asian studies from Mount Holyoke College.
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With an estimated 3 million people having fled the failing Venezuelan state, and predictions another 2 million could join them in 2019, the capacity of South American neighbors to welcome the arrivals became increasingly stretched in 2018. While the region has largely maintained generous reception policies, there were signs during the year that its tolerance was being tested.
Faced with absorbing vast numbers of asylum seekers who headed to Europe during the 2015-16 migration crisis and the ongoing arrival of much smaller, but steady flows of Central Americans at the U.S.-Mexico border, EU Member States and the United States in 2018 took or explored significant steps to narrow asylum and harden policies.
Despite the major focus by media and publics on a handful of refugee crises around the world, displacement situations worsened during 2018 in a number of countries that received much less attention, including the Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and South Sudan—where unending conflict, new displacement, rising starvation, and an Ebola outbreak made already complex situations even more dire.
With many countries in East Asia facing unfavorable demographic shifts in the form of aging populations, low fertility, and shrinking workforces, governments in 2016 continued to explore immigration as a potential policy solution. However, a tradition of cultural homogeneity and wariness among publics about increased immigration is leading policymakers to test the waters with very small steps.