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Life Out of the Shadows: Impacts of Amnesties in Migrants' Lives

Tuesday, November 2, 2021 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm Eastern Time (US and Canada)


  • Sandra V. Rozo, Research Economist, Development Research Group, World Bank Group


  • Yang-Yang Zhou, Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of British Columbia


  • Thomas Ginn, Research Fellow, Center for Global Development


What are the impacts of regularization on migrant’s lives? In a new paper, Sandra Rozo and co-authors examine the effects of the Permiso Especial de Permanencia (PEP) visa, an opportunity for regularization for half a million Venezuelan refugees in Colombia. The study finds that migrants with a PEP visa experience improved economic self-sufficiency, less food insecurity, more integration in host communities, better labor conditions, and more resilience to the COVID-19 crisis as compared to other migrants.

Rozo will join CGD for an online presentation of the paper in which she will discuss the methodology, results, and policy implications for developing countries’ migration programs. If you are unable to attend the event live, the discussion will be recorded for later viewing.

*CGD’s Research Seminar Series (RSS) invites leading development scholars to discuss their new research and ideas. The presentations are at times technical but retain a focus on a mixed audience of researchers and policymakers.

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