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OAS to Present Report on International Migration in the Americas

  January 15, 2013

The Organization of American States (OAS) will launch, this Thursday, January 17th, at 10:30 EST (15:30 GMT) in the Hall of the Americas at OAS headquarters in Washington, DC, the Second Report on International Migration in the Americas, to be presented by the Secretary General of the OAS, José Miguel Insulza.

The report from the Continuous Reporting System on International Migration in the Americas (SICREMI), developed and coordinated by the Department of Social Development and Employment (DSDE) of the OAS and the International Migration Division of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), aims to produce yearly statistics and analysis of trends in international migration both within and to and from the Western Hemisphere.

The report concludes that the adverse economic situation in Spain and the United States has resulted in a slight but perceptible redirection of migration flows in the Americas to other OECD countries. It also examines the situation of migrants in the Americas in the labor market of OECD countries, noting that in the case of the United States after the crisis, unemployment has fallen faster among immigrants from the rest of the Americas than among the native population or immigrants from other parts of the world.

The presentation of the report will include opening remarks by Sherry Tross, Acting Executive Secretary of the Executive Secretariat for Integral Development (SEDI) of the OAS, and a panel discussion on trends in international migration in the Americas moderated by Ambassador John E . Beale, Permanent Representative of Barbados and Chairman of the Inter-American Council for Integral Development. The panel will consist of Georges Lemaitre, Principal Administrator of the International Migration Division of the OECD; Maria Luisa Hayem of the Inter-American Development Bank; Juan Jose Garcia, Vice Minister for Salvadorans Abroad; and Ambassador Jorge Hevia, Permanent Observer of Spain to the OAS. Closing remarks will be delivered by Carla Serazzi, Chair of the Committee on Migration Issues and Alternate Representative of Chile to the OAS.

WHAT: Presentation of the Second Report on International Migration in the Americas

WHEN: Thursday, January 17, 10:30 EST (15:30 GMT)

WHERE: Hall of the Americas
Organization of American States
17th Street & Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20006

Reference: AVI-009/13