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Migration Narratives in Northern Central America
June 7, 2023


Migration Narratives in Northern Central America

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Natalia Banulescu-Bogdan, Associate Director, International Program, MPI

Ariel G. Ruiz Soto, Policy Analyst, MPI 

Aaron Clark-Ginsberg, Behavioral/Social Scientist, RAND Corporation

Clara Villatoro, Strategic Communications Manager, National Immigration Forum

Jennie Murray, President and CEO, National Immigration Forum

Haim Malka, Executive Vice President, Metropolitan Group

What are the stories we hear, and tell, about the movement of people across international boundaries? How do these narratives reinforce—or undermine—national values, security, and prosperity?

This conversation features research into migration narratives with MPI, the National Immigration Forum, Metropolitan Group, and RAND.

In Migration Narratives in Northern Central America: How Competing Stories about Emigration and Immigration in Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador Shape Regional Policy, authors Natalia Banulescu-Bogdan and Ariel G. Ruiz Soto of MPI, and Aaron Clark-Ginsberg of RAND, analyze how migration narratives since 2018 have engendered pride and loyalty, fear and shame, hope, and despair—as well as how different actors may leverage them to justify policy approaches or incentivize mobility decisions.

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