15 Migrants’ Citizenship and Rights: Limits and Potential for NGOs’ Advocacy in Chile

  • Claudia Mora
  • Jeff Handmaker
Open Access


In this chapter we address the structural and institutional constraints faced by non-governmental organizations (NGOs) assisting Peruvian migrants in Chile to advocate for migrants’ rights. We argue that these constraints have provoked reactive rather than proactive strategic responses by NGOs in their promotion of migrants’ rights. In addition, the unchallenged acceptance of a traditional notion of citizenship has placed Chilean NGOs as short-term service providers rather than as long-term advocates. We propose that a conscious recognition of the possibilities opened up by international legal regimes to confront nation-states’ regulation of migrants’ rights offers a pragmatic approach to navigating such limits.


citizenship liminal legality migrant advocacy rights translation stratification 

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Open Access. This chapter is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial License, which permits any noncommercial use, distribution, and reproduction any medium, provided the original author(s) and in source are credited.

Authors and Affiliations

  • Claudia Mora
    • 1
  • Jeff Handmaker
    • 2
  1. 1.Universidad Alberto HurtadoSantiagoChile
  2. 2.Erasmus UniversityRotterdamThe Netherlands

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