Expanding the Reflexive Turn in Migration Studies: Refugee Protection, Regularization, and Naturalization in Latin America

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In this paper, we argue in favor of expanding the reflexive turn in Migration Studies, which has neglected migratory phenomena in the Global South, to political migration research on Latin America. The existing literature has pointed to exceptional generosity in the region’s immigration legislation, especially regarding refugee protection, migrant regularization, and naturalization. In parallel, policy implementation gaps and restrictive shifts persist in these areas. Departing from our research on these issues over the past 15 years, we critically discuss implementation, research gaps, and data accessibility in the abovementioned areas. Focusing on Venezuelan displacement, we further point out critical questions for future research from a reflexive perspective.

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Acosta, D., & Freier, L. F. (2023). Expanding the Reflexive Turn in Migration Studies: Refugee Protection, Regularization, and Naturalization in Latin America. Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies, 21(4), 597–610. https://doi.org/10.1080/15562948.2022.2146246

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