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María Eugenia Brizuela contributes to new book on “25th Anniversary of Casa de América”

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cfINCAE Board member María Eugenia Brizuela de Ávila, from El Salvador, was invited by Casa de América to contribute to the content of its 25th Anniversary commemorative book with a chapter on Migratory Flows and Social Movements in addition to lecturing on the topic last October 16th in Madrid, Spain. Ms. Brizuela is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Center for Collaborative and Women's Leadership of INCAE, as well as former Minister of Foreign Affairs of El Salvador and a major leader in the region.

"I am really honored to share and contribute to the 25th Anniversary of Casa de América.

An analysis of the last 25 years has showed Latin American countries first used to receive migrants. Next we started driving out our citizens. Finally, there has been a reversal and Spain once again became the source of migrants to Latin America", she said. Then she added, "Economic crises, the search for a better quality of life, insecurity throughout Latin America, and political repression led Latin Americans to set their eyes on the United States, Spain, and the rest of Europe".

It should be noted that out of 25 people collaborating in this book, just three are Central American: Pres Arias, Rebeca Grynspan, and María Eugenia Brizuela. The book "25th Anniversary of Casa de América" provides an opportunity for leading figures from the most diverse fields in Latin America to share with Spain their ideas on how Latin America has evolved over the last 25 years.

According to Ms. Brizuela, "We need public policy discussion conducive to orderly migration, capitalizing Latin Americans' and Spaniards' common background –language, customs, and ideals– so that host countries can optimize migrants' benefits and advantages".

Casa de América is a public consortium that aims to strengthen ties between Spain, Spanish-speaking Latin America, and Brazil. It holds seminars, lectures, round tables, presentations, film screenings, concerts, colloquiums, book presentations and interviews, as well as radio and TV broadcasts to foster an environment favoring discussion of Latin American topics and making Latin American reality known to Spain. Participants include members of governments from both Latin America and Spain, as well as media, diplomats, and representatives of business firms, cultural, and academic organizations.

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