Seeking refuge : Central American migration to Mexico, the United States, and Canada / María Cristina García.

In this incisive book, María Cristina García tells the story of the migration caused by the political upheaval in Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Guatemal and the resulting domestic and foreign policy interests that shaped the asylum policies of Mexico, the United States, and Canada.

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Main Author: García, María Cristina, 1960- (Author)
Format: eBook
Language:English
Published: Berkeley : University of California Press, 2006.
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Summary:In this incisive book, María Cristina García tells the story of the migration caused by the political upheaval in Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Guatemal and the resulting domestic and foreign policy interests that shaped the asylum policies of Mexico, the United States, and Canada.
"The political upheaval in Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Guatemala had a devastating human toll at the end of the twentieth century. A quarter of a million people died during the period 1974-1996. Many of those who survived the wars chose temporary refuge in neighboring countries such as Honduras and Costa Rica. Others traveled far north, to Mexico, the United States, and Canada in search of safety. Over two million of those who fled Central America during this period settled in these three countries. 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"--Provided by publisher.
Physical Description:1 online resource (1 volume)
Bibliography:Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN:9780520939431
0520939433
1423745558
9781423745556
9786612358340
6612358343
1598759345
9781598759341
Source of Description, Etc. Note:Print version record.
Language:English.