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Migration in South America

IMISCOE Regional Reader

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  • This open access book examines new patterns of international migration in South America
  • Identifies main debates on issues of mixed, survival, transit and circular migrations
  • Revisits the relationship between racism, xenophobia and colonialism in contemporary migrations
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This open access regional reader examines emerging issues around new migration patterns in South America and their relationship with changing migration policies over the last twenty years. The first part of the book looks at conceptual discussions on mixed and survival migration, the link between migration and extractivism, and the specific character of transit migration. A second part examines how these debates have led to transformations in state policies, and the shift in government policies from a human rights-based approach towards more restrictive ones. Finally, the third section revisits the relationship between racism, xenophobia and colonialism in contemporary migrations. As such this book makes an interesting read to students, academics, policy makers and all those working in the field.

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Table of contents (10 chapters)

  1. Law and Migration Policies: From Human Rights to Border Closures

  2. Racism Xenophobia and Struggles Over Migrant’s Rights

Editors and Affiliations

  • Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences, FLACSO Ecuador, Quito, Ecuador

    Gioconda Herrera, Carmen Gómez

About the editors

Gioconda Herrera obtained her Ph.D in Sociology at Columbia University, USA.  Since 1997 she is Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences at FLACSO, Ecuador. Her researches look at the link between globalization and social inequalities with a special focus on the study of international migrations in South America. She has written extensively on gender, migration and development in different migration corridors. Currently her main research interests focus on migrants responses to deportation policies and life after deportation among Ecuadorian indigenous migrants and on migrant survival strategies among Venezuelan migrants in South America, particularly women and children. 

Carmen Gómez obtained her Ph.D in Sociology from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales de Paris, France, 2010. She is Full Professor of the Department of Sociology and Gender Studies at FLACSO, Ecuador. Her works are inserted in the lineof sociology of globalization, social inequalities and international migrations. Her main research and publications revolve around two fields of study that are approached from critical perspectives: asylum/refugee and forced displacement; and studies on skilled migrations. These areas of research interest include diverse geographies: Latin America, Maghreb and Middle East.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Migration in South America

  • Book Subtitle: IMISCOE Regional Reader

  • Editors: Gioconda Herrera, Carmen Gómez

  • Series Title: IMISCOE Research Series

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  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Social Sciences, Social Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2022

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-031-11060-3Published: 17 August 2022

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-031-11063-4Published: 17 August 2022

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-031-11061-0Published: 16 August 2022

  • Series ISSN: 2364-4087

  • Series E-ISSN: 2364-4095

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XV, 225

  • Number of Illustrations: 10 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Migration, Public Policy

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