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Migration Webinar Series – “Panel on Central America”

September 23, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Refugees from the Central American states of Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras are currently leaving their countries in record number. Citing unprecedented levels of violence and precarity due to the presence of complex criminal organizations, an ineffective system of law and security, dim economic opportunities, and weak social welfare structures, refugees from these countries move north with the hope that there may be more stable and secure conditions elsewhere. Neighboring countries have witnessed asylum applications rise four-fold in the last few years, leading some asylum granting countries of the region—the United States in particular—to implement restrictive refugee and immigration protocol. Panelists on this program explore all aspects of this dynamic—from the contextual elements that force movement, to the experiences that refugees negotiate on their path, to the dehumanizing state responses. The goal of this panel is to give audience members a closer look at the shifting nature of migration in the region.

Douglas Haynes
Professor of English, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
UWM; CLACS Regional Faculty Associate & UW Madison CHE Community Associate; Author of Every Day We Live Is the Future: Surviving in a City of Disasters
Wendy Vogt
Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
with Moderators Jenna Loyd, Associate Professor of Geography at UW-Madison, and Sara McKinnon, Associate Professor, Dept. of Communication Arts at UW-Madison