Scholars of Excellence Workshop – Complex migration pathways: South and Central America as a transit space
- November 28, 2023
- 10:00 AM EST - 4:15 PM EST
- Hybrid (In person at CERC Migration office / online via Zoom)
South and Central American migrations used to develop within the broader region of Latin America as well as in a north-south direction towards the United States. The twenty-first century, though, has brought about an important diversification of routes, and added complexity to the migration drivers. While intra-regional and north- to-south migration pressures have continued, there have been new global pathways involving people from Sub Saharan Africa and South Asia transiting from the region, mostly aiming to reach the United States and Canada. In addition, the region has been characterized by significant population flows out of Venezuela, a country that was formerly an important destination within the region. These more long-term structural patterns have been further compounded by the long-term effects of the financial crisis in 2010 and by the COVID-19 pandemic and its aftermath. State responses have varied and, although overall relatively welcoming for Venezuelans, they have also been characterized by rising xenophobia and racism, as well as the side effects of the U.S.’s externalization of its border controls towards Mexico and further south.
This workshop looks at the complex (and at time circular) migration dynamics in the broader South and Central America region involving people with mixed (humanitarian and economic) motivations from a variety of countries, notably Haiti, Dominica, various countries of Sub Saharan Africa, as well as Peru, Ecuador, Chile and Colombia. We are interested in analyzing the motivations and drivers of such migrations as well as in the responses of states and civil society actors. The discussion aims to link the regional realities to also global analytical perspectives as to how migration governance is shaping up in the post-pandemic world.
|10 AM EDT||Welcome: Gioconda Herrera, FLACSO Ecuador, Berti Olinto and Anna Triandafyllidou, CERC Migration, Toronto Metropolitan University|
|10 AM-12:30 PM EDT||
Panel 1: Complex Transit Migrations
Chair: Gioconda Herrera, FLASCO
|12:30-1:30 PM EDT||Lunch break|
|1:30-4 PM EDT||
Panel 2: The Venezuelan Crisis Ten Years On: Conceptual and Policy Transformations
Chair: Anna Triandafyllidou, CERC Migration, Toronto Metropolitan University
|4:00-4:15 PM EDT||
Reflections and concluding remarks