Even before COVID-19 struck, migrants in the Americas were facing often perilous journeys that endangered their physical and mental health. The pandemic has once again shone light on conditions of crowded detention centers at the U.S. border, and issues of food and healthcare insecurity throughout the rest of the Americas, including turbulent Northern Triangle and struggling countries in South America. In this discussion, we hear from Andrew Selee, President of Migration Policy Institute. He spoke with Sarah Bermeo, Associate Director of DCID. This talk was also co-sponsored by DUCIGS and the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies
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…Migrants have played a key role helping their societies cope with the crisis, in Latin America and the U.S. alike, including work in health care, food production and food delivery. But they also have been affected the most, whether through lost income or because they got stranded abroad without hope for quick processing of their asylum claims.
Here are some of Selee’s remarks, prompted by questions prepared by Sarah Bermeo and Piotr Plewa, a visiting scholar at the Duke University Center for International & Global Studies…