The Venezuelan Humanitarian Crisis: migration, trauma and resilience

Even if the world is living in the Age of Migration where fluid mobilities and diversity have become common, certain sudden migration flows disrupt societies of origin and destination, mainly when related to humanitarian crisis. Few decades ago, Venezuela was the jewel of Latin American, with high standards of living and economic prosperity, however in the last years, Venezuelans are experiencing an exodus, representing the largest and fastest migration and refugee flows in the world. Latin American countries are taking these migrants. While their governments are designing specific national and regional policies to deal with this unexpected situation, Latin American societies are displaying an array of attitudes, ranging from open arms to intolerance. Other regions where Venezuelans have settled before (United States and Portugal) have seen their numbers increase, and their responses are under consideration.

Due to the novelty of the situation, no research has been carried out yet; what is known comes from relief organization reports and news, thus scientific research is needed to understand how Venezuelans are coping, how these fast processes are taking place and what are the policies in place.

Using policy analysis, mass-media analysis and interviews, this project aims to study Venezuelan migration in the context of a humanitarian crisis in three countries that have witnessed increasing inflows, Argentina, Portugal and the United States, with different policy responses. Findings will offer insights for public policy to more adequately address the problems encountered by Venezuelans abroad.

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CIES-IUL - Centre for Research and Studies in Sociology
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