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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Botia Botia, Alejandro
URN etd-08172019-142431
Title The Venezuelan Diaspora: Toward a New Understanding of Forced Migration
Degree Master of Arts
Department Latin American Studies
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Mariano Sana Committee Chair
Jonathan Hiskey Committee Member
  • diaspora
  • forced migration
  • Venezuela
Date of Defense 2019-06-20
Availability unrestricted
I argue in this thesis that the massive flow of Venezuelan emigration started after 2015 must be understood as a non-voluntary kind of migration because of the similar patterns that this ongoing process shares with previous experiences of compelled displacement. I also argue that the case of Venezuela offers an exceptional opportunity to expand and improve the general understanding on forced migration, a conflicting term which still remains unclear, amidst unsettled academic debates. Based on the case of Venezuela this thesis suggest that, beyond violence and persecution, closer attention should be given to economic collapse as an independent triggering factor that may cause compelled migration. Finally, this thesis highlights the necessity of analyzing the patterns of timing and volume as intrinsic characteristics of this kind of movements.
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