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BIPR | Latin America’s Dual Migration Crises: Venezuela and Central America
Latin America’s Dual Migration Crises: Venezuela and Central America

September 30, 2019 - 10:30


Jacqueline Mazza, Johns Hopkins University SAIS, US

Latin America’s Dual Migration Crises: Venezuela and Central America

hosted by Professor Jacqueline Mazza

Jacqueline Mazza
Johns Hopkins University SAIS, US

South America is facing the largest migration crisis in its history -- potentially exceeding Europe's 2015 migration crisis -- with over four million refugees fleeing economic and political meltdown in Venezuela. The term 'crisis' can also be applied to the U.S. – Mexico border, which faces an uptake in families fleeing drug and gang violence in Central America, at a time in which US policy shifts seek to dramatically cut back legal as well as unauthorized migration to the US. This lecture will contrast the distinct political, economic and humanitarian dimensions of these dramatically different dual "crises."


Jacqueline Mazza is Senior Adjunct Professor at the Western Hemisphere Program of The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington DC and at SAIS Europe.

She served previously as the principal labor markets specialist of the Inter-American Development Bank. For the past 15 years, Mazza has taught US foreign policy towards Latin America, development, and labor markets at SAIS Washington. She has over 30 years of research and multilateral development experience and is a recognized regional expert in the fields of employment, training, labor migration, social inclusion and labor policy. She received her PhD from The Johns Hopkins University, SAIS.

Mazza is the author of numerous books and publications in labor markets, social policy and Latin American democratic development, including: Labor Intermediation Services in Developing Economies: Adapting Employment Services for a Global Age (2016); "Migration in a Mobile Age: Perspectives from China, India and the Americas," in Latin America and the Asian Giants: Evolving Ties with China and India, ed. R. Roett and G. Paz (2016); Fast-Tracking Jobs: Advances and Next Steps in Labor Intermediation in Latin America and the Caribbean (2011); "The Other Side of the Fence: Changing Dynamics in Migration in the Americas," in Migration Policy Source (2010); The Outsiders: The Changing Patterns of Exclusion in Latin America and the Caribbean co-author (2008); "Addressing Exclusion: Social Policy Perspectives from Latin America," in Inclusive States: Social Policy and Structural Inequalities (2008); Social Inclusion and Economic Development in Latin America, co-editor (2004), and Don't Disturb the Neighbors: the United States and Democracy in Mexico (2001).
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