International migration/asylum in Latin America

The second strand of the ‘Pushing the Boundaries’ project explores the intersection between new inter-regional ‘migration’ trends and their effect on refugee protection systems in Latin America. Key among them are the increasing arrivals of ‘extra-continental’ migrants and refugees, many from conflicts in Africa and the Middle East, which are raising substantive challenges of security and justice for Latin American societies.

Research

This strand of the project drew on long-standing research on these themes carried out by the PI in the Andean region, which was completed by extensive new research in the framework of the project undertaken in the countries of Central America and Mexico (Spring 2013) and then in the countries of the Southern Cone of South America (Autumn 2013).

This research was published in a book chapter. Within this strand, a thematic conference on the new dynamics in migration and asylum law and policy in Latin America was also organised by the RLI, jointly with the Institute of Latin American Studies, in February 2013. This international conference ‘A Liberal Tide: Towards a Paradigm Shift in Latin American Migration and Asylum Policy-Making’ involved substantial participation from both academics and practitioners from the region, including governmental policy-makers. As well as a conference report that is available for download, an edited volume resulted from this conference that was co-edited by the PI, along with L.F. Freier and J.P. Gauci, titled ‘A Liberal Tide: immigration and asylum law and policy in Latin America’, which includes a substantive chapter by the PI on trends in Latin American refugee law-making.

The main outputs from this strand include:

Edited Volumes
2015 A Liberal Tide? Immigration and Asylum Law and Policy in Latin America, co-edited with F. Freier and J.P. Gauci (ILAS Publications, University of London) [OA]

Book Chapters

2015 ‘Bucking the Trend? Liberalism and Illiberalism in Latin American Refugee Law and Policy’, in D.J. Cantor, F. Freier and J.P. Gauci (eds.), A Liberal Tide? Immigration and Asylum Law and Policy in Latin America (ILAS Publications, University of London) [OA]

2015 ‘Introduction: A Paradigm Shift in Latin American Migration and Asylum Law and Policy?’, in D.J. Cantor, F. Freier and J.P. Gauci (eds.), A Liberal Tide? Immigration and Asylum Law and Policy in Latin America (ILAS Publications, University of London), jointly with F. Freier and J.P. Gauci [OA]

2013 ‘European Influences on Refugee Law in Latin America: Accelerated Procedures in Colombia, Ecuador, Panama and Venezuela’, in M. Fullerton, H. Lambert and J. McAdam (eds.) The Global Reach of European Refugee Law (CUP)

Research aids

2013 A Liberal Tide: Towards a New Paradigm in Latin American Migration and Asylum Policy-Making (Conference Report; joint authors)

Papers presented

2014 ‘Accelerated Procedures and Admissibility in Latin America’, paper presented at Monash/RLI conference on Access to Asylum: Current Challenges and Future Directions, Prato, Italy

2013 ‘A Liberal Asylum Paradigm? Countervailing Tendencies in the Andean Region’, paper presented at the RLI conference A Liberal Tide: towards a Paradigm Shift in Latin American Asylum at University of London, UK