The story of migration in Latin America and the Caribbean in the 20th and early 21st century is one of a mass exodus from rural areas to cities. Less than half of the population in the region lived in the cities in 1960. By 2016 that had soared above 80%. The motivations behind this mass movement are critical. While some rural migration is forced, driven by extreme … [Read more...] about What Drives Rural Migration in Latin American and the Caribbean?
The Young Fare Better with Covid-19. But in Latin America the Reality Is More Nuanced
The risk of dying from Covid-19 is significantly lower for young and middle-aged adults than for the elderly. The fact that Latin America’s population is younger relative to high-income regions would suggest that age-based prioritization of vaccine delivery, targeted confinement, and other policies targeting those most at risk of developing serious … [Read more...] about The Young Fare Better with Covid-19. But in Latin America the Reality Is More Nuanced
How the Fall in Remittances During the Pandemic Threatens Regional Wellbeing
Remittances, transfers from expatriate workers to family and friends in their home countries, are a driving force in the reduction of poverty, greater financial inclusion and economic growth. They are especially critical to many countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. But as Covid-19 delivers devastation to much of the global economy, with GDP forecasts for 2020 … [Read more...] about How the Fall in Remittances During the Pandemic Threatens Regional Wellbeing