A Liberal Tide: Towards a paradigm shift in Latin American Migration and asylum policy-making?

18 March 2013, 09:30 - 19:30

Event Type:
Conference / Symposium
The Senate Room (Senate House, First Floor)
Venue Details:

Senate House
Malet Street
London WC1E 7HU 

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This international conference charts exciting new trends in migration, asylum and policymaking in Latin America. It brings together, for the first time, leading specialists from Latin America and Europe to showcase and debate these novel developments.

The conference asks whether the migration and asylum policies developed in Latin America over the past decade offer a refreshing new model distinct from the increasingly restrictive and securitized policies of European and North American States. Is Latin America moving towards liberal exceptionalism in the field of migration and asylum policy-making? If so, what explains this liberal paradigm shift in Latin America? Regional and country case studies will be presented from the Andes, Brazil, Central America and Southern Cone.

The dialogue generated by the conference between academia and policy circles and Latin America and Europe seeks to achieve two goals: (i) emphasise the growing importance in this region of south-south migration dynamics – given that more than half of all international migration today is made up by south-south flows, and (ii) shift the focus to exploring migration and refugee policy-making in Latin America – since current scholarship still concentrates unduly upon the immigration laws and policies of countries in Europe and North America, including Latin American migration to the USA and the European Union.

The conference will be of direct interest to everyone working in the migration, refugee, and policy fields or on Latin America, including policy-makers, analysts, advocates, researchers, and students. Substantial opportunity is provided for participants to join in debating and forging new approaches to the themes canvassed by this unique gathering.

Full programme

Those who wish to attend and have not yet registered should pay on the day.

Non-residential registration fee: £30 (standard) or £15 (students, unwaged etc)

In collaboration with ICwS, LSE and KCL