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Migration in South America

IMISCOE Regional Reader

  • 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

  • This book is open access, which means that you have free and unlimited access.

Part of the book series: IMISCOE Research Series (IMIS)

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Table of contents (10 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xv
  2. Introduction: Emergent Issues of South American Migrations

    • Gioconda Herrera, Carmen Gómez
    Pages 1-23Open Access
  3. Emerging Mobilities and Old Exclusions

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 25-25
    2. Extractive Economy and Mobilities. The Case of Large Copper Mining in the Antofagasta Region

      • Carolina Stefoni, Fernanda Stang, Pablo Rojas
      Pages 27-50Open Access
  4. Law and Migration Policies: From Human Rights to Border Closures

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 97-97
    2. A Decade of Growth in Migration in Brazil (2010–2020) and the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic

      • Tânia Tonhati, Leonardo Cavalcanti, Antônio Tadeu de Oliveira
      Pages 99-120Open Access
    3. Contradictions and Shifts in Discourse and Application of the Refugee System in a Mixed-Migration Context: The Ecuadorian Case

      • Jennifer Moya, Consuelo Sánchez Bautista, Jeffrey D. Pugh
      Pages 121-143Open Access
    4. The Legality of (Im)mobility: Migration, Coyoterismo, and Indigenous Justice in Southern Ecuador

      • Ulla D. Berg, Lucía Pérez Martínez
      Pages 145-166Open Access
  5. Racism Xenophobia and Struggles Over Migrant’s Rights

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 167-167
    2. When Migrant Pain Does Not Deserve Attention: Institutional Racism in Chile’s Public Health System

      • María Emilia Tijoux Merino, Constanza Ambiado Cortés
      Pages 191-206Open Access

About this book

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.


  • Open access
  • New patterns of international migration in South America
  • Racism and migration in South America
  • Forced Migration in South America
  • Transit Migration in South America
  • Border control in South America
  • Law and migration policies in South America
  • Emerging population mobilities and exclusion
  • Racism and xenophobia and migrant´s rights
  • Human rights and border closures
  • Migration and inequality in South America
  • Refugees in South America

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 line of 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

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

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

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

  • License: CC BY

  • 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: Human Migration, Migration Policy

Buying options

Softcover Book USD 49.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)