Labor Migration in Latin America and the Caribbean: A Look at New Trends and Policies

Sohnen, Eleanor
Dec 2011
International headlines often focus on the drama of U.S.- Mexico border, but the borders of Latin America are becoming more active transit points for work across the region. Today, migration officials are noting labor movements inconceivable as little as 15 years ago: Hondurans and Guatemalans crossing to El Salvador for agriculture and construction work; Bolivians and Paraguayans working in large numbers in Argentina; Mexicans from the state of Chiapas moving to the Yucatan for work, with Guatemalans replacing them to harvest local crops. The Caribbean, still a major These new patterns are demonstrating a changing, more regionally connected labor market in line with a global marketplace.