9:30—11:00 AM
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Foreign Policy as Migration Policy: Tackling the Complex Drivers of Child Migration from the Northern Triangle

Opening Remarks

Barbara Feinstein, Acting Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean, USAID


Michael Clemens, Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development

Alisha Holland, Assistant Professor, Department of Politics, Princeton University

Eric Olsen, Deputy Director, Latin American Program and Senior Advisor, Mexico Institute, Woodrow Wilson Center


Rajesh Mirchandani, Vice President of Communications and Policy Outreach, Center for Global Development

In 2014, unprecedented numbers of children and families began crossing the southern border of the United States, sparking an ongoing debate on what was driving them and how the U.S. should respond. Using data provided by the Department of Homeland Security, new research by Michael Clemens finds the flow of unaccompanied child migrants to the United States has been driven by a complex mix of violence and economic forces. How do these elements interact, and how can foreign policy be a form of migration policy?

Please join a distinguished panel of thought and practice leaders from academia, think tanks, and government for a discussion of how violence and economic conditions drive migration choices, and how development programming can adapt to those complex challenges. In what contexts will violence prevention be most effective, and how does economic development tie in and drive impact?

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