A Liberal Tide

A Liberal Tide: Towards a Paradigm Shift in Latin American Migration and Asylum Policy-Making

Date: 18 March 2013

Venue: The Senate Room, Senate House, University of London - Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU

This innovative conference addresses important developments in Latin American migration and asylum policies. It explores the significant contrast between the increasingly restrictive and securitized policies in the European Union and the United States and the development of migration and asylum law and policy in various Latin American countries during the past decade. Indeed, as the ‘global north’ focuses on national security, the “war on terrorism” and the global economic crisis, a number of Latin American countries - including Argentina, Uruguay and Mexico – have liberalized their immigration policies and/or formalized or extended their asylum legislation in ways which emphasise the protection of migrants’ rights. Is Latin America moving towards a liberal exceptionalism in the field of immigration and refugee policy-making? And what explains this liberal paradigm shift in Latin America?

The conference objective is to promote research dialogue on this important topic at three levels. First, it seeks to facilitate research collaboration among the emerging group of scholars (both PhD researchers and established academics) working on Latin American immigration and refugee law-making. Second, the conference seeks to build upon wider dialogue between Latin American and UK-based scholars in order to strengthen these links. Third, dialogue between academics and policy-makers will be stimulated.

The conference is generously supported with a grant from the Institute for Study of the Americas, School of Advanced Study, University of London.