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The Honduran Caravan: how did things get here, and what lies ahead?

By on November 5, 2018
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By the time this blog entry is online, the largest contingent of what has been called the Honduran migrant caravan will be approaching Mexico City, having covered mostly on foot over 1.000 kilometers from the time it entered the Mexico-Guatemala border on 18 October. Much has been written about the caravan in the past couple […]

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National institutions vs EU policies? Why and how differences in welfare states and other national institutions can contribute to political conflicts about the rules for the free movement of workers in the European Union

By on May 22, 2018
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Migration is today one of the most divisive issues in the European Union (EU). In the wake of the drastic rise in the number of refugees and other migrants arriving in Europe over the past few years, EU countries continue to disagree sharply about how to reform common EU policies for asylum and immigration from […]

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Venezuelan immigrants in Roraima: provisional measures for an indefinite humanitarian crisis

By on March 22, 2018
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By Laura García-Juan   Since Brazil’s new Migration Act of May 2017 and Decree 9199 regulating its implementation of 21 November 2017, the flow of Venezuelans to the border state of Roraima in Brazil has been continual. The new Law does not specify the requirements for a humanitarian residence permit, but leaves the question to […]

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Brazil´s Migration Governance: Hidden Actors, the New Law and the 2018 Presidential Elections

By on February 19, 2018
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By Diego Acosta, Marcia Vera Espinoza and Leiza Brumat   Brazil, the largest country in Latin America and the ninth largest economy in the world, has begun 2018 with a good deal of political uncertainty. Following his conviction for corruption, now being appealed, former President Lula da Silva – a well-known advocate of migrant’s rights […]

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Environmental Migrants and Climate Change in South America

By on December 8, 2017

By Vanina Modolo   Environmental migration has received increased attention from policymakers and other stakeholders, academics, not to mention the public in general, due to irrefutable evidence surrounding climate change and its impact on human mobility. South America is considered one of the regions most vulnerable to the effects of climate change. This is the […]

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