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In this incisive book, María Cristina García tells the story of that migration and how domestic and foreign policy interests shaped the asylum policies of Mexico, the United States, and Canada. She describes the experiences of the individuals and non-governmental organizations—primarily church groups and human rights organizations—that responded to the refugee crisis, and worked within and across borders to shape refugee policy. These transnational advocacy networks collected testimonies, documented the abuses of states, re-framed national debates about immigration, pressed for changes in policy, and ultimately provided a voice for the displaced.
García concludes by addressing the legacies of the Central American refugee crisis, especially recent attempts to coordinate a regional response to the unique problems presented by immigrants and refugees—and the challenges of coordinating such a regional response in the post-9/11 era.
|1||The wars in Central America and the refugee crisis||13|
|2||Designing a refugee policy : Mexico as country of first asylum||44|
|3||Refugees or economic migrants? : the debate over accountability in the United States||84|
|4||Humanitarianism and politics : Canada opens its doors to Central America||119|
|Conclusion : shared responsibility? : legacies of the Central American refugee crisis||157|