Perspectives on global development

Workshop on Migration in Central America Governance and Links to Labour Markets

 

 

 

 

25 June 2009
San José, Costa Rica

FLACSO (Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales) Campus
 

                          

 

Download the final agenda of the event.

 

Download the list of participants.


Here is a link to the workshop on FLACSO’s website (in Spanish).

 

The objective of the workshop is to discuss migration issues in Central America, focusing on the themes of governance of migration and the links between migration and labour markets. Based on research papers dealing with these issues in the region, the sessions aim at sharing experiences and perspectives in frank, engaged and critical dialogue, among researchers and policy makers, leading towards a discussion of policy options for Central American countries.

 

The one-day workshop will be structured around the following sessions:

 


Session 1 – Governance of Migration in Central America

Migration from Central America is largely directed towards the United States and as a consequence, its governance may seem largely dependent on United States national immigration policy. Countries such as Costa Rica and Mexico however, have received an increasing inflow of immigrants over the past few years. Policies towards migration in Central American countries as well as their regional coordination are therefore likely to become more important and, as a consequence, the options available for migration policy may be modified. This session will highlight and compare migration policies available to Central American countries by examining national and regional migration policies in Central America, including broad agreements such as DR-CAFTA.


The session will feature and discuss the following presentations:

 

1. CAFTA and Migration in Central America - Susan M. Richter (presentation) and CAFTA and Migration in Central America - Susan Materer-Richter, paper

2. Migration Policies and Social Actors in Mexico and Central America - Manuel Ángel Castillo García Migration Policies and Social Actors in Mexico and Central America, Manuel Ángel Castillo García presentationpaper 1 and paper 2

 

 

Session 2 – Migration and Labour Markets

Examining the literature on migration, two important gaps emerge. The first gap pertains to the impact of emigration on labour markets. While the impact of immigration on labour markets in the North has received tremendous attention, the impact of emigration on the sending countries’ labour markets has been scarcely studied. The second gap pertains to South-South migration, which has started to receive more attention only over the past few years. This session will highlight some of the mechanisms linking migration and labour markets. First, through the sensitivity of wages to foreign exchange shocks when labour mobility is high. Second, through the impact of remittances on the labour supply of rural recipient households, which has received very little attention in comparison with the impact of remittances on other household decisions, such as schooling or housing. Lastly, the impact of immigration in Costa Rica will be examined, shedding light on an important example of South-South migration.


The session will feature and discuss the following presentations:

 

1. Exchange Rates and Wages in an Integrated World - Antonio Spilimbergo (presentation) and Exchange Rates and Wages in an integrated World - Antonio Spilimbergo

2. International Migration, Remittances and Labor Market Effects: The Case of El Salvador - Amy Damon International Migration, Remittances and Labor Market Effects: The Case of El Salvador - Amy Damon - presentation and paper

3. South-South Migration: The Impact of Nicaraguan Immigrants on Earnings, Inequality and Poverty in Costa Rica - Tim Gindling South-South Migration: The Impact of Nicaraguan Immigrants on Earnings, Inequality and Poverty in Costa Rica - Tim Gindling - presentation and paper

 


Session 3 – Policy Conclusions

This session will consist of a roundtable discussion lead by policy-makers sharing the lessons they have learned throughout the meeting. The panel will wrap-up the workshop to structure and lead into a discussion with all the participants.

 

Presentations:

1. Wrap-up Session: Policy Conclusions - Luis Alonso Serrano Echeverría (presentation)

2. Forma Migratoria de Trabajador Fronterizo (Migration Forms for Border Workers) - Tonatiuh García Castillo (presentation) - in Spanish



For more details, please contact Abla Safir (Abla.Safir@oecd.org) or Jason Gagnon (Jason.Gagnon@oecd.org).

 

 

 

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