All Content: Migration

Citizen Security in Central America: Root Causes and New Approaches

The evolving U.S. response to violence in the Northern Triangle
Publication
A look at some of the concerns in Congress and elsewhere about political will, corruption, and human rights, and discuss strategies that can help Central Americans feel safer where they live—without repeating the ineffective and military-heavy approaches of the past

A Future at Home: Investing in Youth Opportunity in Central America

Analysis & Commentary
Today, WOLA is releasing a report that focuses on the lack of opportunity for youth in the Northern Triangle of Central America. As the U.S. begins discussions on its FY2017 budget, the report sheds light on what needs to be done to provide opportunities for youth.

Migration through Mexico: A Humanitarian Emergency

Interactive Map Shows Impact of Mexico's Southern Border Program
Analysis & Commentary
Increased enforcement along Mexico’s southern border has raised concerns about potentially severe humanitarian consequences for thousands of Central Americans fleeing violence, poverty, and lack of opportunity. This map uses data, photos, and first-person accounts to show what’s happening at Mexico’s southern border.

Pope Francis to Address Migration during Upcoming Mexico Trip

WOLA Resources on Migration Issues along Mexico’s Southern and Northern Borders
News
In light of Pope Francis' upcoming trip to Mexico in which he will highlight migration through the country, WOLA is publishing an interactive map of Mexico’s southern border zone, an area that has become the site of a major U.S.-backed migration crackdown, raising serious humanitarian concerns.

Five Facts about Migration from Central America’s Northern Triangle

Migration is Driven by Violence and Insecurity; Deportations are Inhumane and Put Returnees at Risk
Analysis & Commentary
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's recent raids targeting Central American families fail to address the violence and insecurity causing these populations to flee in record numbers. WOLA provides five facts about migration from Central America's Northern Triangle countries of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras since 2014.

Joint Report: Justice for Crimes and Human Rights Violations against Migrants and Refugees in Mexico

Publication
The report is based on a series of visits to migrant shelters and organizations, interviews with staff and migrants, interviews with local authorities, and a thorough review of the migrant shelters’ case documentation.

Mexico's Migration Crackdown Creates Spike in Apprehensions, Dangerous Shifts in Migrant Routes

New WOLA Report Reveals that Increased Enforcement Leaves Migrants More Vulnerable in Southern Mexico
News
Far from deterring migrants from making the journey north, the most notable effects of Mexico’s Southern Border Program have been a significant uptick in apprehensions and changes in where and how migrants are traveling.

New Report: Increased Enforcement at Mexico’s Southern Border

An Update on Security, Migration, and U.S. Assistance
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Far from deterring migrants from making the journey north, the most notable effect of Mexico’s migration crackdown has been changes in how migrants are traveling.

New Report: Increased Enforcement at Mexico’s Southern Border

An Update on Security, Migration, and U.S. Assistance
Analysis & Commentary
Far from deterring migrants from making the journey north, the most notable effect of Mexico’s migration crackdown has been changes in how migrants are traveling.

Surprising August Increase in Unaccompanied Migrant Children at the Border

The U.S. Must Urgently Address Root Causes of Migration
Analysis & Commentary
WOLA’s analysts were surprised by U.S. Border Patrol’s report that the agency apprehended 4,632 unaccompanied migrant children at the U.S.-Mexico border in August 2015, the largest monthly number of apprehended minors since the unprecedented wave of children in mid-2014.

The Colombia-Venezuela Border Crisis Must Be Resolved Respecting Human Rights

Analysis & Commentary
To address their border dispute, Venezuela and Colombia need to sit down and figure out how to resolve their issues without xenophobia or hostile rhetoric, in a responsible manner that targets the real problems.

Is the Humanitarian Crisis at the U.S. Border Still Ongoing?

Massive Migration Will Continue Until Root Causes Are Addressed
Analysis & Commentary
In the July 1 issue of the Inter-American Dialogue's Latin America Advisor, WOLA Senior Associate for Citizen Security Adriana Beltrán asked if the humanitarian crisis that began along the border in 2014 had ended. According to her, however, it is still raging.

Watch: How Can We End 'Prison-Like' Migrant Detention Conditions?

Video
How can we improve the way we treat migrant children and families? WOLA Senior Associate Maureen Meyer speaks with Maria Teresa Kumar of MSNBC's "Changing America" on the conditions in U.S. migrant detention centers today.

Mexico Now Detains More Central American Migrants than the United States

Mexico Takes on the United States' Role as Immigration Enforcer, Raising Humanitarian Concerns
News
New data analysis shows that the so-called 2014 ‘surge’ of unaccompanied minor migrants hasn’t really ended.

Violent Raid Against Migrants and Advocates in State of Tabasco, Mexico

WOLA and LAWG Send Letter to Secretary of the Interior
Analysis & Commentary
Concern about increasing raids and other measures aimed at reducing the flow of migrants.

Latest Border Stats Suggest Higher Family, Child Migration in 2015 than Official Projections

Numbers are down, but record arrivals continue. And Mexico’s crackdown is cause for concern
Analysis & Commentary
While migration has slowed somewhat since the 2014 peak, the latest border statistics suggest more unaccompanied minors will be apprehended in the U.S. this year  than authorities are projecting.

Mexican Government Releases New Figures Showing Sharp Increase in Deportations

Analysis & Commentary
Mexico deported 3,289 minors in January and February of this year, a 105 percent increase from January and February of 2014, when the government deported 1,605 children.

New U.S. Program Fails to Protect Detained Mexican Migrant Kids

WOLA is concerned that authorities aren't doing all they can to protect kids questioned about criminal networks
Analysis & Commentary
WOLA has raised concerns over a new Border Patrol program that holds Mexican migrant children for months without charge, often using them as informants against cartels and smuggling organizations. When sent back, these kids are not properly protected from violent retribution.

On the Front Lines: Border Security, Migration, and Humanitarian Concerns in South Texas

New WOLA Report on the South Texas Border
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The report explores the shift in migration to Texas's Rio Grande Valley and its implications for migrants and border security officials. WOLA offers recommendations for authorities to respond more effectively to the reality on the ground.

After Decades of Neglect, a Promising New U.S. Strategy for Central America?

Analysis & Commentary
In this post to The Hill's Congress Blog, WOLA Senior Associates Adriana Beltrán and Marc Hanson argue that Central American aid should go to groups and governments with real political will to tackle inequality, corruption, and violence.