ONLINE EVENT: Addressing the Root Causes of Migration from Central America


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Trends & Development Options

The persistent outflow of Central Americans is now more than two decades-long, with at least one percent of the population leaving the region every year. Economic distress, natural disasters, and crime, among other harsh realities—aggravated by the pandemic—affect the lives of many citizens and have led to strong pressures to migrate. A new wave of migration is expected in the coming months.  

  • What is the Biden administration’s proposal of $4 billion in cooperation likely to accomplish in addressing the causes that lead many Central Americans to flee north?  
  • What is the most productive approach to violence prevention?  
  • Should economic stabilization be a key feature of such an effort?  
  • Would a stronger gender perspective on migration and development make a positive difference?  
  • Are there new innovative approaches to tackle the root causes of migration?  

The Inter-American Dialogue, Creative Associates International, and the International Organization for Migration are pleased to host a wide-ranging discussion to answer these and other questions. The event will include perspectives from the region and the US to help identify practical and realistic solutions to this crisis.

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We invite participants to submit questions using the Q&A function in Zoom OR to email questions to  

Please note that this conversation will be held in English and Spanish. Simultaneous interpretation in English & Spanish is available for those who join the event online through the RSVP.

Watch the event here (original audio): 


Manuel Orozco

Director, Center for Migration and Economic Stabilization, Creative Associates International; Non-Resident Senior Fellow, Inter-American Dialogue (@manuelorozco65)

Andrew Selee

President, Migration Policy Institute (@SeleeAndrew)

Maria Eugenia Brizuela

INCAE Board member & Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, El Salvador

Paola Zepeda

Regional Project Coordinator, International Organization for Migration (@PaolaZepeda17)

Closing Remarks:

Pablo Maldonado

Chief Operating Officer, Creative Associates International (@pablomtweets)


Michael Shifter

President, Inter-American Dialogue (@MichaelShifter)



This event is hosted in partnership with Creative Associates International and the International Organization for Migration

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