Thinking Regionally to Compete Globally

Amid powerful demographic, economic and social forces reshaping Mexico and much of Central America and newfound momentum for reform of the U.S. immigration system, the countries of the region have new avenues to improve opportunities for their own people and strengthen regional competitiveness with new collaborative approaches on migration and human-capital development.  An influential task force convened by the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) and the Wilson Center today concluded its 2 ½-year initiative with its final report "Thinking Regionally to Compete Globally: Leveraging Migration and Human Capital in the U.S., Mexico, and Central America."

The Regional Migration Study Group was co-chaired by former Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo, former U.S. Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez, former Guatemalan Vice President and Foreign Minister Eduardo Stein who engaged in extensive consultations with policymakers and civil society.  It produced more than two dozen research reports, policy briefs, and briefing papers, involved extensive deliberations by Study Group members, and now culminates in a final report that offers 14 findings and specific recommendations for regional policymakers.  These recommendations are to be presented officially today in a panel discussion given at the National Press Club Ballroom in Washington, D.C., and are directed at the current legislative debates in the U.S., Mexico and Central America.

For more information and a copy of the full report visit the website of the Regional Migration Study Group.