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Seeking Safety: Regional Protection Options for Central Americans
Upcoming Event
May 24, 2022

MPI Webinar

Seeking Safety: Regional Protection Options for Central Americans

Seeking the US border, many Central American migrants begin their journey in Mexico on 'La Bestia'
IOM/Keith Dannemiller
Tuesday, May 24, 2022

11:00 A.M. EDT (New York, D.C.) / 10:00 A.M. CDT (Chicago, Mexico City) / 9:00 A.M. MDT (Guatemala City, Denver) / 8:00 A.M. PDT (Los Angeles)


MPI Webinar


Noah Bullock, Executive Director, Cristosal, El Salvador

Susan Fratzke, Senior Policy Analyst, MPI

Essey Workie, Director, Human Services Initiative, MPI


Andrea Tanco, Strategic Advisor to the President and Associate Policy Analyst, MPI

Fleeing gang-related and gender-based violence, human-rights violations, and socioeconomic problems exacerbated by natural disasters in Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador, hundreds of thousands of Central American asylum seekers have arrived at the Mexican and U.S. borders, straining these governments’ asylum systems and processing capacities. As a result, thousands of asylum seekers have been left in limbo while they await the resolution of their cases. While refugee resettlement programs are an option to avoid undertaking dangerous journeys, they have been deployed on a very limited basis in the region to date.

Seeking a solution to this growing challenge, policymakers in Canada and the United States have begun to reconsider whether resettlement should play a larger role in addressing regional protection needs, and how resettlement and humanitarian pathways could be scaled up.

Marking the release of a Migration Policy Institute report on possible protection pathways for Central Americans, this webcast offers analysis on resettlement and humanitarian channels already utilized the region—including in-country processing, the Protection Transfer Arrangement, and third-country refugee resettlement—and the opportunities and obstacles to expanding these programs. Speakers will also provide recommendations for specific actions that the United States and Canada could take, given their well-established humanitarian protection systems.

Spanish and English interpretation will be provided.