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The Border Policy Research Institute


The Border Policy Research Institute (BPRI) at Western Washington University is a multidisciplinary institute that undertakes research to inform policy-makers on matters related to the Canada–United States border, particularly in the Cascadia region.

Priority focus areas include:

  • Border management
  • Economic relationships
  • Cross-border mobility
  • Cross-border collaboration 

Western Washington University established the BPRI in 2005 after September 11th transformed border relations and security. The BPRI continues to promote research, academic programs, and public programming on critical policy issues affecting border crossings between British Columbia and Washington State. We work closely with cognate programs at the university and collaborate with many public and private entities throughout the region. 

Recent Publications 

News & Events

Modernizing Canada's Borders

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The CGAI Global Exchange Podcast that takes a look at the state of the Canada - U.S. border and some of the gaps we are facing in modernizing it.

Featuring: BPRI's Laurie Trautman, FBC's Laura Dawson and PNWER's Matt Morrison.

BPRI releases survey to archive and collect stories from the pandemic focusing on the US/Canada border

Stories from the canada-US border during COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to many changes in our daily lives. Along the Canada-US border, the border closure had specific impacts on border communities: family separation, disruption of networks of care, lack of access to essential goods, job and revenue losses and others.

While some stories – or parts of stories – have been shared, others have not. 

Business in 2023: Employment catchup, stubborn home prices and no recession

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Border crossing numbers: 

“We saw a nice increase by August. We are almost at 80% of August 2019 numbers, which is up from 55% in August of 2022,” Trautman said. “So, we are slowly creeping back up to our pre-pandemic travel volumes, although we may see the rate of that increase begin to taper off.”  - Laurie Trautman