Mary Gates Endowment For Students

Kyle Tomyn

Mary Gates Research Scholar, Winter 2022

Research Project: The Reality of Climate Refugees from Central America and Prospects for US Immigration

Project Description: This project seeks to gather information about climate refugees from Central America and their chances of migration to the United States. It strives to discover why this population has gone largely unnoticed for so long and how the lived experiences of migrants can tell this story. Solutions are explored and future pathways are paved.

What have you learned throughout your research project?

I have learned that climate refugees from this region of the world are a marginalized group and need further research and recognition. Climate change will continue to impact Central America in the future, and adaptation, mitigation, and cooperation are needed to move past this issue.

What piece of advice do you have for future applicants?

Trust yourself and trust the process. It may seem like there is so much to do, but one step at a time gets you a long way.