Researching the Impact of Safe Mobility Offices in Latin America

Safe Mobility Offices (SMOs) have been established by the United States in Latin America to manage large-scale migration flows, providing lawful pathways and reducing risks associated with irregular migration. Despite their recent inception, SMOs have faced criticism regarding accessibility, eligibility, and transparency, warranting further research into their effectiveness and impact.

Expectation State is collaborating with the Mixed Migration Center (MMC) to conduct research on the outcomes of the Safe Mobility Offices (SMOs) initiative in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), funded by the Danish Refugee Council (DRC). 

We are employing a mixed methods approach involving desk research and both primary qualitative and quantitative data to:

  • Characterise the new migration management paradigm proposed by the USA for the region.
  • Evaluate the initial outcomes of the SMOs against the stated objectives of the initiative.
  • Analyse the influence of the SMOs initiative on the dynamics of mixed migration in the LAC region.
  • Explore the potential applicability of the SMOs initiative in diverse contexts beyond LAC.

This project spans multiple regions in Latin America and represents our commitment to advancing migration management strategies and their broader applicability worldwide.

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