North America leaders meet at White House, Central America migration tops agenda

Photo by Edoardo Cuoghi

Yesterday, US President Joe Biden hosted Canadian President Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador at the White House in the first in-person summit between the three powers since 2016. In addition to supply chain integration, COVID-19 vaccine distribution, and climate change, the North American leaders discussed how to mitigate rising migration flows from Central American (namely, the Northern Triangle of Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador). “We are committed to addressing the root causes of migration and investing in the region, prioritising cooperation for development to create economic opportunity for all,” read a joint statement released last night. “We are looking to promote regular migration pathways through labour mobility programs, especially in the agricultural sector,” the statement continued. “To grow [North America] needs a labour force that, in truth, neither the US nor Canada has enough of,” Obrador said separately, “So, why not look at the demand for workers and open migration in an orderly way?”

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