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The stock exchange in São Paulo. (AP)

Not like other regions. In light of the crisis in Ukraine, the IMF dropped global 2022 GDP growth expectations from 4.4 to 3.6 percent this week. But as a region less connected to Moscow, Latin America saw some of its growth projections rise—even as inflation is dampening a full recovery. Check out the numbers in our chart

Patria y lithium. As the Mexican Congress voted down an electricity reform on Easter Sunday, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador introduced legislation to nationalize the country’s lithium resources. The fast-tracked legal change was signed, sealed, and delivered this week (BBC, FT). 

Where does Mexico stand in Latin America’s lithium production race? Luna Lithium’s Emily Hersh had some answers in a recent Latin America in Focus episode.

What’s coming up in Latin America? 

THEY SAID WHAT?

—Adrián Meza, founder of a Nicaraguan university taken over by the Ortega regime. Four years after student-led uprisings, the government continues to seize and shutter private universities. (AP)

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Immigration is once again the hot topic in Washington amid debate over Title 42 and rising border apprehensions (see our fast stats section below). On Wednesday, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken traveled to Panama for a migration summit convening foreign ministers from more than 20 countries in what Voice of America called a “prelude to the next Summit of the Americas,” which is slated for June in Los Angeles.

FAST STATS

33%

Increase from February to March 2022 in the number of apprehensions of migrants along the U.S.-Mexico border.
 

221,303

Number of apprehensions in March, a 22-year high.
 

32,141

Number of Cuban migrants processed—an all-time high and double February’s count.
 

1,103%

Increase from February to March in the number of Ukrainians processed at the border.
 

Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

ICYMI from Americas Quarterly A challenging start for Gabriel Boric. Reactions to AMLO’s energy reform rejection. Will inflation spoil the Dominican Republic’s success?
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