Pushing the Boundaries

The RLI was awarded a grant to embark on a research project titled ‘Pushing the Boundaries: New Dynamics of Forced Migration and Transnational Responses in Latin America’. Research was undertaken by Dr. David James Cantor (the principal PI) between October 2012 and September 2015.

Employing a multi-disciplinary methodology, this three-year project explores the ways in which Latin American States utilise transnational structures and interventions to address new security and justice challenges arising from forced migration. Research conducted under the auspices of the project corresponds to four major thematic foci: comparative regional approaches to refugee protection; international migration/asylum in Latin America; organised crime displacement, and; natural disaster displacement.
Dr David James Cantor investigated these trends with a view to generating a range of research outputs, including academic publications, policy reports and research aids. In addition, research outcomes have had practical impact by influencing shifts in policy. For example, a closed expert on ‘Los Grupos Criminales Organizados y la Nueva Ola de Desplazamiento Forzado en América Latina’ jointly convened by the RLI and the Universidad Centroamericana José Simeón Cañas (UCA) in San Salvador, El Salvador (May 2014) led to the adoption of recommendations that fed into a new 10-year plan of action on refugees in Latin America.

For further details, including access to publicly available research outputs, please visit the following:

  1. Comparative regional approaches to refugee protection
  2. International migration/asylum in Latin America
  3. Organised crime displacement
  4. Natural disaster displacement

The project is funded under the Future Research Leaders scheme by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) of the United Kingdom.