Autor(es): Cristián Doña-Reveco
Otro(a)s Autore(a)s: Feline Frier y Cristián Doña Reveco
Revista: International Migration
Frier, F. Y Doña, C. 2022. Introduction: Latin American Political and Policy Responses to Venezuelan Displacement. International Migration. Vol 60 (1): 9-17.
As of December 2021, Venezuela’s political, humanitarian and economic crisis has led to the departure of over 6 million of its citizens, rendering it the second biggest and fastest escalating displacement scenario worldwide, which will likely soon surpass the Syrian exodus. Most Venezuelan migrants and refugees have remained in Latin America, often facing situations of precarity, both during the migration journey and in receiving countries. The images of thousands of Venezuelans walking across the continent, sleeping along highways, in parks and in other public spaces, as well as experiencing increasing incidences of xenophobic violence fuelled by criminalizing narratives in the media (UP & ACNUR, 2021a), showcase the increasing vulnerability of this population. The exponential growth of Venezuelan displacement over the years, as well as the increasingly negative public opinion towards this group (UP & ACNUR, 2021b), has put regional immigration and refugee policies to the test. This special issue contributes to the literature on both domestic and regional immigration and refugee policies, by offering a comparison of Latin American governments’ political and policy responses to the Venezuelan exodus
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