Julia Yansura is an associate with the Migration, Remittances, and Development Program of the Inter-American Dialogue. Her research focuses on financial inclusion for migrants and remittance recipients.
Prior to joining the Dialogue in 2012, Yansura taught high school Spanish for five years. She has lived and studied in Chile and Russia.
Yansura received her MA in Latin American Studies, with a concentration in international migration, from Georgetown University. She also holds a certificate in migration, refugees, and humanitarian crises from the Institute for the Study of International Migration at Georgetown University.
On April 25, Julia Yansura spoke at an event hosted by the Inter-American Dialogue, the University of Notre Dame’s Kellogg Institute for International Studies and the Washington Office on Latin America where she discussed the migratory crisis in Venezuela.
Each year, the Inter-American Dialogue analyzes remittances to the region, identifying areas of growth and new trends that are impacting how people send and receive money. Family remittances to Latin America and the Caribbean reached $85 billion in 2018, an important financial flow and a critical source of support for many households in the region.
El pasado 3 de octubre, el Diálogo Interamericano en asociación con Free Press Unlimited, ICCO Cooperación y el Centro Latinoamericano para la Competitividad y el Desarrollo Sostenible (CLACDS) del Instituto Centroamericano de Administración de Empresas en Costa Rica (INCAE), organizó un panel sobre el periodismo independiente en Centroamérica con Carlos Fernando Chamorro, Martín Rodriguez y José Luis Sanz.
It is often mentioned that remittances “are primarily spent on consumption, housing and land, and are not utilized for productive investment that would contribute to long-run development.” Statements such as these typically reflect value judgments rather than informed opinions based on empirical evidence.