MIGRATION & DEVELOPMENT IN CENTRAL AMERICA
In November 2013, the Remittances & Development Program hosted a meeting in Tegucigalpa, Honduras to discuss how Central American governments can more effectively leverage migration for development. Government officials, researchers, academics, diaspora leaders, and NGO representatives traveled from Mexico, the US, and Central American countries to participate.
The meeting coincided with the release of a new Dialogue report, "Migration & Development in Central America: Perceptions, Policies, and Further Opportunities." A Spanish version of the report can be found here.
Original research by the Remittances & Development program looks at the likelihood of immigration reform. It considers political and demographic trends as well as the voting records of each House Representative. The full report can be found here: "Is Legalization Possible? Trends and Political Mapping of Immigration in the House of Representatives."
On August 12th 2013, Manuel Orozco presented at "Youth Migration: Moving Development Forward," an event held by the Center for Strategic and International Studies in partnership with the United Nations Foundation and +SocialGood. A copy of his briefing on youth migration, remittances and development can be found here.
FINANCIAL LITERACY INITIATIVES
The Remittances & Development Program has recently launched Financial Literacy initiatives in Mexico and Jamaica. The initiatives promote financial inclusion, education and savings mobilization by transforming transactional clients into bank account deposit holders. Saving in the formal financial system offers important benefits for individuals and societies alike. From 2009 to the present, the IAD has provided financial advising to over 170,000 people worldwide, helping them to achieve better management of their income and savings.
The Remittances and Development program seeks to leverage migrants and remittances for development. The program focuses on policies governing the flow of remittances, private sector financial and remittance services, and financial access for migrants and remittance recipient families. Through research, policy analysis, technical assistance, product development and project implementation, the program has raised awareness and forged partnerships among public and private institutions in over 80 countries around the world. This year, the Remittances and Development Program continues to expand its focus to include migration and development, with research on the impact of informality in Latin American economies, financial education and financial inclusion of remittance senders and recipients, the economic participation of Hometown Associations in countries of origin, diaspora engagement and other transnational activities in which migrants engage.
Manuel Orozco, Senior Fellow
Laura Porras, Associate
Julia Yansura, Program Associate
For more information, contact:
Julia Yansura at email@example.com or (202) 463-2570
PROJECTS | EVENTS | PARTNERS & SPONSORS | IN THE PRESS
ARTICLES & OP-EDS | PUBLICATIONS | CONGRESSIONAL TESTIMONY
- "Migration & Development in Central America: Perceptions, Policies, and Further Opportunities," by Manuel Orozco and Julia Yansura, November 2013. A Spanish version of the report can be found here.
- Is Legalization Possible? Trends and Political Mapping of Immigration in the House of Representatives, by Manuel Orozco and Julia Yansura, August 2013.
- Keeping the Lifeline Open: Remittances and Markets in Somalia by Manuel Orozco and Julia Yansura, July 2013.
- Migrant Remittances and Development in the Global Economy by Manuel Orozco, Lynne Reinner Publishers, 2013.
- América Latina y el Caribe: Desarrollo, migración y remesas by Manuel Orozco, 2012.
- The Market for Money Transfers: 2012 Scorecard Report by Manuel Orozco, December 2012.
- El mercado de remesas nacionales en México: oportunidades y retos by Manuel Orozco on behalf of Centro de Estudios Migratorios Latinoamericanos (CEMLA), 2012
- Analisis Descriptivo de las Instituciones Responsables de la Gestion de las Politicas Migratorias en Costa Rica y Nicaragua by Manuel Orozco and Beatriz Slooten, December 2011
- Hacia un modelo de Alianzas por el desarrollo con la diáspora y el sector privado: la experiencia en educación by Manuel Orozco and Carola Balbuena, June 2012
- Remittances and Assets: Conceptual, Empirical and Policy Considerations and Tools by Manuel Orozco (UNCTAD publication), June 2012
- Tendencias Futuras de las Remesas en America Latina y el Caribe by Manuel Orozco, May 2012
- Future Trends in Remittances to Latin America and the Caribbean by Manuel Orozco, May 2012
- Las remesas y la migración en la Región Autónoma de la Costa del Caribe de Nicaragua by Manuel Orozco, March 2012
- Assessment and lessons learned from African Diaspora Market Place by Manuel Orozco and Mariellen Jewers, November 2011.
- Estado del Arte en Banca Móvil by Manuel Orozco, June 2011
- Estado del Arte de la Corresponsalía No Bancaria by Manuel Orozco, June 2011
- Partnerships at work: Western Union’s 4+1 experience in Mexico by Manuel Orozco and Katherine Scaife, May 2011.
- A Country Profile on the Gambia: The Marketplace & Financial Access - Prepared for Women’s World Banking by Manuel Orozco, Anjali Banthia and Mariama Ashcroft, October 2011.
- Remittance Recipients and the Present and Future of Micro-Entrepreneurship Activities in Cuba by Manuel Orozco, May 2, 2011.
- Central America, Migration Flows and Remittances by Manuel Orozco, March 2011.
- Competition in Africa’s Remittance Market: Weak Markets and High Costs by Manuel Orozco, November 2010
- The Impact of Regulations Governing Money Transfers to Africa on Competition and Development by Manuel Orozco, November 2010
- Opportunities to Increase Financial Access through Remittances to Africa by Manuel Orozco, November 2010
- A Scorecard in the Market for Money Transfers: Trends in Competition in Latin America and the Caribbean, by Manuel Orozco, Elisabeth Burgess and Landen Romei, June 18, 2010.
- Toward Financial Independence: Financial literacy for Remittance Senders and Recipients, by Nancy Castillo, Landen Romei and Manuel Orozco, June 14, 2010.
- Remittances and Development: Financial Literacy in an International Perspective, by Manuel Orozco, Elisabeth Burgess, Nancy Casillo and Landen Romei, May 6, 2010.
- Skilled Diasporas: An Imagined or Real Community?, by Manuel Orozco and Mariellen Jewers, April 30, 2010.
- Migration, Remittances and Assets in Bangladesh: Considerations About Their Intersection and Development Policy Recommendations, by Manuel Orozco, March 20, 2010.
MORE PROGRAM PUBLICATIONS
ARTICLES & OP-EDS
- Deportaciones como política migratoria, by Manuel Orozco, Confidencial Digital, January 6, 2012
- México, Centroamérica y la política de inmigración en los Estados Unidos, by Manuel Orozco, Confidencial Digital, December 12, 2011
- Tendencias migratorias: caso centroamericano, by Manuel Orozco, Confidencial Digital, November 29, 2011
- Fighting for the Right Community Participation in Latin American Post-Transitional Democracies by Manuel Orozco and Beatriz Slooten, September 2011.
- A Commitment Amidst Shared Hardship: Haitian Transnational Migrants and Remittances, by Manuel Orozco and Elisabeth Burgess, Journal of Black Studies, March 2011.
- Educación financiera y desarrollo: un modelo para Nicaragua, by Manuel Orozco, El Confidencial, January 11, 2011.
- Remittance Transfers in Senegal: Preliminary Findings, Lessons, and Recommendations on its Marketplace and Financial Access Opportunities, Manuel Orozco, Elisabeth Burgess, and Corinne Massardier, International Labour Office, December 1, 2010.
- Continuity and Change: Latinos and U.S. Midterm Elections, by Manuel Orozco and Katherine Scaife, FOCAL Point, November 2010.
- Vulnerabilidad y remesas en el sector rural Mexicano, by Manuel Orozco. Asociación Mexicana de Uniones de Crédito del Sector Social A.C., January 15, 2010.
- Las repercusiones del terremoto sobre las remesas, by Manuel Orozco, América Economía, January 18, 2010.
- The least among us, by Manuel Orozco, Foreign Policy, September 15, 2009.
- Understanding the Continuing Effect of the Economic Crisis on Remittances to Latin America and the Caribbean, by Manuel Orozco, Multilateral Investment Fund of the Inter-American Development Bank, August 10, 2009.
MORE PROGRAM ARTICLES & OPEDS
MORE ON PROGRAM INITIATIVES
- Discussion of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, with Dialogue senior associate Manuel Orozco, Federal Reserve Boards Representatives Representatives Vivian Wang and Samantha Pelosi, and executives of major money transfer companies, like Viamericas, Wells Fargo, Microfinance International Cooperation, Jamaica National Overseas, among others, July 8, 2011.
- Linking the Economic Reforms and Micro-Entrepreneurship Among Remittances Recipients in Cuba, with dialogue senior associate Manuel Orozco and associate professor of Black and Hispanic Studies at Baruch College (CUNY) Katrin Hansing, May 2, 2011.
- Migration, Remittances, and Technology: Is there a match?, with Dialogue senior associate Manuel Orozco; Eugenio Nigro, vice president of business development in Latin America for Xoom.com, Melissa Koide, policy director for the Center for Financial Services Innovation, and Paloma Monroy of the World Bank, October 29, 2010.
- Remittances Scorecard for Latin America and the Caribbean, with Dialogue senior associate Manuel Orozco, Paul Dwyer, CEO of Viamericas, Paloma Monroy of the World Bank, Andrea Fernández of More Money Transfers and Sergio Ruiz, chief executive of the Uruguay-based More Money Transfers, June 18, 2010.
MORE PROGRAM EVENTS
- "Remittances: Regulation and Disclosure in a New Economic Environment," by Manuel Orozco, Testimony before the House of Representatives Financial Services Committee Subcommittee on Financial Institutions, June 3, 2009.
- "Crossing Borders, Keeping Connected: Women, Migration, and Development in the OSCE Region," by Manuel Orozco, Testimony before the U.S. Congress and U.S. Helsinki Commission, April 24, 2008.
MORE PROGRAM CONGRESSIONAL TESTIMONIES
IN THE PRESS
- The US Immigration Debate Should Include Role of Remittances, Dialogue report in Huffington Post, August 20, 2013.
- Prevén alza de 15% en flujo de remesas, Manuel Orozco in El Norte.com, August 11, 2013.
- Somalia's remittances quandary: what are the options post-Barclays?, Dialogue report in The Guardian, August 9, 2013.
- Somaliland: Disruptions to Diaspora Remittances Threaten Somalia, Dialogue report in Somaliland Sun, August 2, 2013.
- U.S. Money Laundering Laws and Banking Decisions Hurting Somali Families, Manuel Orozco in InfoZine, August 1, 2013.
- Keeping the lifeline open: Remittances and markets in Somalia, Dialogue report in Oxfam America, July 31, 2013.
- América Latina: el consumo te consume, Dialogue report in América Economía, July 31, 2013.
- Somalia's Lifeline Under Threat, Dialogue report in Huffington Post, July 31, 2013.
- Remesas se bancarizan, Manuel Orozco in El Nuevo Diario, July 15, 2013.
- Reforma migratoria en manos de republicanos, Peter Hakim in La Prensa Gráfica, June 26, 2013.
- "Votar de una forma u otra en la reforma te puede costar tu empleo," Peter Hakim in La Prensa Gráfica, June 26, 2013.
- Immigrants Pay Lower Fees to Send Money Home, Helping to Ease Poverty, Manuel Orozco in The New York Times, April 27, 2013.
- ¿Qué hay detrás del giro de EEUU hacia Ortega?, Manuel Orozco, Confidencial Digital, February 1, 2012
- Remittances to Latin America on the rise, Manuel Orozco, Marketplace Morning Review, January 12, 2012
- Economist: Still more room to export “nostalgic” products to U.S., Manuel Orozco, Dominican Today, January 12, 2012
- Cash flowing to native lands, Manuel Orozco in Boston Globe, September 20, 2010.
- Haitian Recovery: What's Next?, Interview with Manuel Orozco, WAMU 88.5 FM, February 15, 2010.
- Homeland’s crisis strains Haitian families in region, Manuel Orozco in Boston Globe, February 8, 2010.
- Envío de remesas crecerá en 2010, que será un año difícil para Latinoamérica, Manuel Orozco in EFE, December 9, 2010.
- Money Sent Home by Latin American Expatriates to Drop, Manuel Orozco in Wall Street Journal, August 12, 2009.
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