Migration at the OAS – Historical Record

Perhaps the most important issue of the 21st century is migration. Its affects are felt transitionally. Not only from countries losing citizens, but also by countries receiving those foreign nationals, and by countries through which these migrants pass. These migrations are occurring globally, but we will focus here on migration in the Americas. The United … Read more


With permanent and temporary immigration on the rise since 2010, the migratory flow in Uruguay registered an increase of 68% in the period covered by this report (2010 to 2013). At the same time, the stock of immigrants has decreased. While in 2010, Uruguay had 80,000 people born abroad, by 2013 it was home to 74,000 immigrants, … Read more

Executive Summary

BIG TRENDS The Americas are a continent where, from a historical perspective, their migratory movements can be characterized in at least three great moments: a) until around 1950, the countries of the entire American continent were destinations for transoceanic migration coming especially from Europe, to become then – with the exception of the United States … Read more


Peru has some of the lowest levels of immigration in the Americas relative to its population, with fewer than 1,500 permanent immigrants in 2012 and less than half this number of temporary immigrants. However, the observed change in the foreign-born population over the past decade is much larger than the number of new registered immigrants, suggesting … Read more

National Correspondents Network

Countries participating in the SICREMI 2011 report Argentina Martín Arias Duval , National Director of Migration Federico Luis Agusti, Director of International and Social Affairs, National Directorate of Migration Belize Miriam Willoughby , Statistical Specialist, Acting Manager, Census Surveys and Administrative Statistics, Statistical Institute of Belize Canada Martha Justus , Director, Research and Evaluation, Citizenship and Immigration Canada … Read more

Belize – Bibliography

Babcock, Elizabeth C., and Dennis Conway (2000). “Why International Migration Has Important Consequences for the Development of Belize.” Yearbook of the Conference of Latin Americanist Geographers 26:71-86. Barry, Tom (with Dylan Vernon). 1995. Inside Belize: The Essential Guide to its Politics, Economy, Society, and Environment. Albuquerque, New Mexico: Resource Center Press. Central Bank of Belize, Central Bank of Belize … Read more


Immigration in Guatemala has more than doubled since 2010. By 2013, Guatemala received the entry of more than a thousand permanent immigrants and double that number of temporary immigrants. The foreign-born population – with 73 thousand people – represented only 0.5% of the total population of Guatemala in 2013, the same proportion observed in 2000. … Read more


Summary of the history of international migration The ethnic composition of the Jamaican population is linked to the nation’s socio-economic history and has deep roots in slavery and colonization. The first inhabitants were the aborigines of America (Arawaks and Tainos). However, with the arrival of the Spanish in 1494, the native population was sharply reduced. In 1655, the … Read more

Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic has had a negative net migration rate in recent decades. For the year 2013, the number of permanent and temporary immigrants who arrived in the Dominican Republic reached just over 4,000 people, while in 2012, more than 70,000 Dominicans went to reside outside the country. The foreign-born population represented 3.9% of the total … Read more

Belize – Legal Framework That Regulates International Migration

Belize is a parliamentary democracy and a member of the Commonwealth of Nations. The structure of government is based on the British parliamentary system and the legal system is modeled on the Common Law of England. Regulation of entry and stay of migrants The law that regulates the entry, stay and departure of migrants is the … Read more