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Podcast: Unprecedented Flow of Migrants Tests Latin American Solidarity

The Migration Policy Institute's Andrew Selee discusses the reasons for migration and government responses throughout Latin America on this episode of "Deep South."
UN High Commissioner for Refugees and International Organization for Migration special representative for Venezuelan refugees and migrants, Guatemalan Eduardo Stein (center), and Colombia's Migration director, Christian Kruger (left), walk along Simón Bolívar bridge on the Colombia-Venezuela border.
SCHNEYDER MENDOZA / AFP / GETTY

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Thousands of Latin Americans are currently crisscrossing the continent, with an unprecedented number of people leaving their national borders. The flood of newcomers is stretching the budgets and resources of both host and passageway countries.

For Andrew Selee, president of the Migration Policy Institute, although the plight of the Honduran caravan is calling much attention, the outflow of Venezuelans is the main phenomenon. Although estimates vary,  between two and four million Venezuelans have crossed into neighboring countries since 2015. “Nicaraguans are also starting to leave, although the numbers are relatively small in comparison,” said Selee, adding that there is a high risk Nicaragua will see even more emigration. Selee joins AQ's managing editor Cecilia Tornaghi to look at the response from host countries and the trends for regional migration.

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Any opinions expressed in this piece do not necessarily reflect those of Americas Quarterly or its publishers.


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