Kathryn Klaas is the Program Manager for the Migration, Remittances, and Development Program. She joined the Inter-American Dialogue in 2020 as an Associate. She previously worked in Guatemala as Technical Advisor for Ak’Tenamit Association’s monitoring and evaluation team, and later with the Central American Institute for Social Research and Development (INCEDES), where she conducted research on regional migrations and supported development initiatives in high migration areas. Prior to her work in Guatemala, she managed skill-building programs for immigrants as Education Coordinator for El Sol, Jupiter’s Neighborhood Resource Center.
Kathryn received her MA in Demography from El Colegio de México in Mexico City where she focused on international population mobility. She graduated valedictorian and summa cum laude from the Wilkes Honors College at Florida Atlantic University with a BA in Liberal Arts and Sciences and a specialization in Latin American Studies.
This report from the Migration, Remittances & Development Program presents the findings of a survey carried out with more than 1,000 US immigrants from eight Latin American and Caribbean nationalities during the Covid-19 pandemic. The study identifies critical aspects that shaped migrants’ experiences in 2020 and early 2021, and, more importantly, the determinants of continuing to send money back home in times of crisis.
El 15 de abril del 2021 se llevó a cabo “Diálogo de alto nivel: el rol clave de la transparencia de datos en las remesas” con el objetivo de ampliar las discusiones sobre la transparencia en los datos sobre remesas que ingresan a Guatemala y conocer la perspectiva de actores claves sobre la posibilidad de crear un observatorio nacional sobre remesas.
On April 21, 2021, the Inter-American Dialogue, Creative Associates International, and the International Organization on Migration hosted the online event Addressing the Root Causes of Migration from Central America to discuss trends in Central American migration alongside practical solutions for managing these flows and addressing the factors pressuring people to leave their homes.