Time and Date: Thursday January 24th, 2013 6:00-7:00pm
Location: Columbia House 2.01 (COL.)
Speaker: Luisa Feline Freier
Chair: Dr. Francisco Panizza
Explaining immigration and refugee law reforms in Argentina and Mexico
In the past decade, Latin American immigration and asylum policy-making has differed substantially from increasing policy closure in Europe. In a time in which many European countries have adopted more restrictive immigration and asylum policies, a number of Latin American countries have moved in the opposite direction, reforming or formalizing their laws in ways that emphasize the protection of migrants’ universal rights in unprecedented ways.
The seminar will analyse the passing of new immigration and refugee laws in Argentina (2004 and 2006) and Mexico (2011). Based on approximately 60 elite interviews with politicians, officials and NGO representatives, Luisa Feline Freier will argue that the passing of the new immigration and refugee laws in Argentina and Mexico was determined by three factors: first, the prominent human rights discourses in the aftermath of both countries’ return to democracy; second, the political preoccupation with emigrants in the United States and Europa; and third, regional integration processes.
Luisa Feline Freier is an MPhil/PhD student in the Department of Government at the LSE. Her research analyses the impact of migration policy on south-south migration, focusing on African migration to Latin America.
Dr. Francisco Panizza is Head of the LSE IDEAS Latin America International Affairs Programme and a Reader in the Department of Government at LSE.
COL 2.01, Columbia House, London School of Economics. Map.