Laura Manzi

Laura Manzi

Laura Manzi holds a Bachelor in Comparative Literature from the University of Leeds and a Master in Latin American Studies from the University of Salamanca. She has worked with refugee populations in the United Kingdom and France. She is now part of the Communications Team for the IOM Regional Office for Central America, North America and the Caribbean.

Interviewing Rubén Sánchez, Director of 'Zanmi'

‘Zamni' (2018) is one of the films that participated in the 2020 edition of the Global Migration Film Festival. The short film, which was selected to be screened at regional level by the Regional Office for Central America, North America and the Caribbean, narrates the experiences and daily lives of four Haitian migrants in Chile and their integration process in the South American country.

In this interview, the young director Rubén Sánchez, tells what objectives and motivations guided him towards the creation of the short film.

Interviewing Kristina Rodemann, director of 'Skin Hunger’

'Skin Hunger' is a short film from 2019, selected among the films that the Regional Office for Central America, North America and the Caribbean has screened on the occasion of the Global Migration Film Festival in 2020. ‘Skin Hunger’ tells the story of a Mexican woman, Ximena, who works in the United States to support her family in Mexico. Ximena suffers from the distance from her loved ones, the loneliness she feels in her new home and the lack of human contact and warmth.

In a distant country, Erick daydreams - #MigrantsDay

Story based on the testimony of Erick Galeas, a returnee.

The outbound journey

The heat was suffocating, as if the breaths of fresh air had forgotten that point in the world, where an immense dryness permeated every corner. The ground burned, the sun gave no truce. And this was no small matter: Erick hated the heat, which only made him feel tired and weak.

Returning to the smell of my home cooking - #MigrantsDay

Story based on the testimony of Sandra Flores, a returnee.

Between Borders: Stranded Migrants During the Pandemic

Panama, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic: these are just some of the countries in the Central America, North America, and Caribbean region where, since the beginning of the pandemic, groups of migrants have been stranded due to mobility restrictions and the closing of borders. These measures, promulgated by national governments with the aim of containing the international spread of the disease, affected both cross-border migrations to a country of destination and those of return to the community of origin, since they were all interrupted or hindered.

Migration and disability in 2020

Although calculating the number of people with disabilities in the world is a complicated task, since there are no official records, and also because of other challenges, such as having to distinguish between physical, mental, intellectual or sensory disabilities, according to the

An Active Hurricane Season: Challenges for Displaced People During the Pandemic

This year, the consequences of the hurricane season that is advancing in Central America, North America and in particular in the Caribbean region, are more serious than usual, due to the pre-existing emergency of COVID-19.

How has the pandemic affected migrant children?

In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, the statistics and available data reveal that children belong to the population group that has suffered the least health impact, as they are less prone to the risk of infection, especially compared to older adults.

Dealing with two health emergencies: HIV and COVID-19 in migrant shelters

The living conditions of migrants, the intention to migrate to a previously established country of destination and the timing and logistics of migratory dynamics have been severely affected by COVID-19. The health emergency has implied not only the closure of borders, and the consequent restrictions on mobility, but also an increase in the health vulnerabilities of the migrant population, which on numerous occasions has been stranded in shelters in border areas. Such is the case of Haitian, and to a lesser extent Cuban, African and Asian migrants, whose migratory projects have been momentarily interrupted by the pandemic and who are now sheltering in Panama, near the border with Colombia, as their itinerary was obstructed by the border closures.

Migration from rural areas to cities: challenges and opportunities

In the world, three out of four people living in poverty and suffering from hunger live in rural areas. This data, released by FAO, emphasizes the extent of rural poverty, caused by factors such as lack of employment and opportunities, limited access to services and infrastructure, and conflicts over natural resources and land.