Manuel Orozco

Nicaragua  |  Director, Migration, Remittances and Development Program, Inter-American Dialogue

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Manuel Orozco is the director of the Migration, Remittances, and Development Program at the Inter-American Dialogue. He also serves as a senior fellow at Harvard University’s Center for International Development and as a senior adviser with the International Fund for Agricultural Development.

Orozco has conducted extensive research, policy analysis and advocacy on issues relating to global flows of remittances as well as migration and development worldwide. He is chair of Central America and the Caribbean at the US Foreign Service Institute and senior researcher at the Institute for the Study of International Migration at Georgetown University.

Orozco frequently testifies before Congress and has spoken before the United Nations. He holds a PhD in political science from the University of Texas at Austin, a MA in public administration and Latin American studies, and a BA in international relations from the National University of Costa Rica.

Orozco has published widely on remittances, Latin America, globalization, democracy, migration, conflict in war torn societies, and minority politics. His books include International Norms and Mobilization for Democracy (2002), Remittances: Global Opportunities for International Person-to-Person Money Transfers (2005), América Latina y el Caribe: Desarrollo, migración y remesas (2012) and Migrant Remittances and Development in the Global Economy (2013).

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The Inter-American Dialogue mourns the loss of Roberto “Bobby” Murray Meza, who passed away on July 27, 2022 at the age of 76. Murray was CEO of Grupo Agrisal, president of the Fundación Rafael Meza Ayau, one of 500 Latin American leaders identified by Bloomberg Línea in 2021, and a member of the Inter-American Dialogue since 1994.

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A man counts Somali shilling notes having just exchanged US Dollars with a money changer on the streets of the Somali capital Mogadishu.

Sustained Remittance Growth in 2022

In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, remittances have become a much more important source of income for many people in Latin America and the Caribbean. It is projected that the growth rate will reach 14 percent in 2022 to nearly US$150 billion, equivalent to 5 percent of the gross domestic product in Latin American and the Caribbean countries…

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Family remittances and continued growth

Despite a severe continued deterioration of health conditions among Latin American and Caribbean countries, and a slower than expected economic recovery in 2021, migrant remittance transfers will grow 25% relative to 2020, which had already increased 9%.

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The absence of the president [of Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala respectively] signifies that they are not prepared to be held accountable as to why people are migrating.
La disminución de la influencia de Estados Unidos en América Latina es un subproducto de la polarización tóxica [tanto aquí como en el sur]. No hemos tenido el liderazgo para mostrar por qué la democracia es importante. La política y la democracia no se hablan.