Social Panorama of Latin America 2006

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In the last four years, Latin America has turned in its best performance in twenty-five years in economic and social terms. Progress with poverty reduction, falling unemployment, improving income distribution in several countries and a strong upswing in numbers of jobs are the main factors underlying the positive trend in a number of the region's countries. The first two chapters of in this report look at the way the main social indicators have behaved in the last few years. The following two chapters address matters that, for different reasons, have come to figure prominently on government agendas.



International migration among indigenous peoples: Shifting borders and complex identities

Indigenous international migration is becoming more significant, not so much because of its quantitative impacts, but because of the particular traits of indigenous migrants and the policy implications as regards human rights. This phenomenon is directly linked to land, natural resources, territories and territoriality, which have a dual dimension: as a cultural and ethnic "anchoring" factor; and as a factor in expulsion, owing to impoverishment and growing pressure on indigenous lands and resources.


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