Migration and Deportation among Guatemalans in the U.S. and Guatemala (Spring 2020)

Governments deport millions of migrants every year. Little is known about the impacts of deportation on migrants, the places they are forced to leave or the communities where immigration agencies send them.

This project team examined the Guatemalan deportation crisis from the perspective of both recent deportees in Guatemala City and North Carolina’s Guatemalan community.

After analyzing large-scale surveys of deportees in Guatemala City, team members traveled to Guatemala in March 2020 to meet with community organizations and government entities across the country.


Spring 2020 – Summer 2020

Team Outputs

Impacts of Deportation on Guatemalans (Fortin Foundation Bass Connections Virtual Showcase 2020)

Biden Wants to Halt Deportations. Here’s What Happens When Migrants Are Sent Back. (article by David Dow, Juan Tellez, Mateo Villamizar Chaparro, Erik Wibbels)

4 Things the Biden Administration Should Pay Attention to with the Border Crisis (article by Elaine Denny, David Dow, Jose Ordonez, Wayne Pitts, Diego Romero, Juan tellez, Mateo Villamizar Chaparro, Erik Wibbels, Pamela Zabala)

New Survey Highlights the Unique Challenges that Guatemalan Deportees Face with Economic Integration Back Home (article by Jeremy Lebow, Mateo Villamizar Chaparro, Erik Wibbels)

Five Years North (Academic Film Guide created by members of the project team)

Team website


Maria Ramirez

This Team in the News

Pearson Appointed to New Endowed Professorship

Research Methods and Creative Outputs from Interdisciplinary Teams

Understanding the Experiences of Migrants Sent Back to Guatemala

Immigration: Complexities and Challenges

Immigration Projects Explore Biometrics, Mental Health and Deportation Issues

Exploring the Human Impacts of Deportation in Guatemala

COVID-19 Aid to Help Guatemalan Deportees

Team photo.

Team Leaders

  • Erica Field, Arts & Sciences-Economics
  • Pamela Lattimore, RTI International
  • Jay Pearson, Sanford School of Public Policy
  • Erik Wibbels, Arts & Sciences-Political Science

/graduate Team Members

  • Leah Baldasare, Masters of Public Policy
  • Pamela Zabala, Sociology-AM, Sociology-PHD
  • Mateo Villamizar Chaparro, Political Science-PHD
  • Hannah Silver, Masters of Public Policy
  • Maria Ramirez, International Dev Policy, Masters of Public Policy
  • Michelle Pieters, Global Health - MSc
  • Hector Luna Iniguez, International Dev Policy, Masters of Public Policy
  • Imali Bandara, Masters of Public Policy, International Dev Policy

/undergraduate Team Members

  • Catherine Howard, Int Comparative Studies (AB)
  • Mabelle Zhang, Public Policy Studies (AB)
  • Ana Trejo, Int Comparative Studies (AB)
  • Hannah Branch, Int Comparative Studies (AB)
  • Robert Carlson, Economics (BS)
  • Arya Patel, Public Policy Studies (AB)
  • Sofia Molina, Political Science (AB)
  • Lindsay Maggioncalda, Computer Science (BS)
  • Mitra Kiciman, Computer Science (BS)
  • Tiarra Hughes, Int Comparative Studies (AB)
  • Caroline Hughes, Int Comparative Studies (AB)
  • Qasim Hameed, Economics (BS)

/yfaculty/staff Team Members

  • David Dow, Political Science
  • Katie Andrzejewski, DevLab@Duke

/zcommunity Team Members

  • Jose Ordonez, Te Conecta
  • Katherine Cogswell, Church World Services, Durham
  • Wayne Pitts, RTI International
  • Christopher Inkpen, RTI International