International Migrations

A Section of the Latin American Studies Association


Business Meeting 2019

According to decisions made in our business meeting held during LASA's Congress 2018, Barcelona, Spain we had worked on the organization of the call for panels to be sponsored by the section at the Lasa meeting in Boston, MA on May 2019.
  • Panels and Workshops
According to the number of members of the International Migration Sections, we were able to organize three panels sponsored by our section on Boston, MA. After distribution to all members of the call for papers for our three panels, and the extensive diffusion on social media, and professionals groups working on International Migrations, we were able to select three panels among our members as follows:
- Panel 1 Subjetividades Intersectional: Reflexiones Interdisciplinares sobre migración y Justicia
Session Organizer: Diego Falconí Trávez / Universidad San Francisco de Quito/ Universidad de Barcelona
Chair: Tania Pleitez Vela / Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona
• Tania Pleitez Vela, “La alteridad del infante migrante a partir de “Unacconpanied” de Javier Zamora.”
• Diego Falconí Trávez “Sobre migraciones marcas invisibles y estrategias de reparación jurídico-literarias
•Javier Arcentales: “ Ciudadanía Universal:Utopía-distopia de la migraiones en la constitución y dramaturgia ecuatorianas.”


-Panel 2 Tendencias Actuales de la migración Mexico-Estados Unidos
Chair: Miguel A. Lopez, Universidad de Barcelona Puebla.
• Eje temático Familia: Liliana Reyes, Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Mexico.
• Eje temático Cultura: Oswaldo Benavides, Fordham University
• Eje Temático Bienestar y Niveles de Vida: Miguel A. Lopez Universidad Iberoamericana Puebla,  Miguel Reyes Universidad Iberoamericana.
-Panel 3 Migracion Internacional Venezolana en las Americas:Origenes y desafíos (parte 1)
Session organizers: Luisa Feline Freier, Universidad del Pacifico, Lima Peru; Christian Dona Reveco, University of Nevraska- Omaha.
Chair: Marcia A. Vera Espinoza, Queen Mary University of London.
Discussant: Marcia A. Vera Espinoza, Queen Mary University of London.
• Isabel Berganza, Universidad Antonio Ruiz de Montoya, “ Refugiados o inmigrantes económicos? La definición de Cartagena a las personas venezolanas
• Luisa Feline Freier, Universidad del Pacifico, Lima Peru, “Understanding Political Reaction to the Venezuelan Displacement”
• Cristina Yepes, McGill University, “Multiples respuestas frente a la inmigración venezolana:el caso de Ecuador desde la institucionalidad estatal y las iniciativas de la sociedad civil”
• Gisela P. Zapata Araujo, Universidad Federal de Mina Geraes, “Migración y Desplazamientos, de Venezolanos a Brasil en tiempos de crisis: desafíos y oportunidades
2. Business Meeting:
Attendees at the Business Meeting:
Maria Amelia Viteri, University of San Francisco Quito. Ecuador; Daniela Celleri, University of Hannover; Beatriz Padilla University of Florida; Anahi Viladrich, Queens College & The Graduate Center, The City University of New York (CUNY); Tania Lizarazo, University of Maryland Baltimore County, Mathew Hayes University of Fredikton- Canadá and Sara Poggio, University of Maryland Baltimore County. Many members that wanted to attend were having a meeting at the same time, and others were already traveling back to their home. In discussing our activity in the period inter Congress (Barcelona-Boston), we discuss the need to increase our communication by email and social media to make the decision for our agenda for Guadalajara with a large number of members participating.
Activities at the Business Meeting:
During the business section, we reviewed the activities pre-and during the Boston Congress. It is a practice of the Section executive committee to engage the members during the Inter period congresses. We use email, Facebook, and Twitter to be available and to consult the members for any decision that we make related to the function of the section. We disseminate all the information about immigration facts in Latin America and the leading destination countries of Latin American immigrants. We share all type of academic information ( seminars, congresses, publications) and we organize the activities for the next Lasa meeting.
The main activity between Barcelona and the meeting in Boston in 2019 were:
1) We reviewed our activities in the past year, and for the moment we have decided to continue with these activities for LASA 2020
2) We discuss possible topics for the Pre-conference in Guadalajara, Mexico, in 2020. However due to the small number of participants on the business meeting we propose to start a discussion that will continue through email  and social media including all members of the section that are willing to participate in these decisions.
3. Lasa 2020 Next Congres “Améfrica Ladina: vinculando mundos y saberes, tejiendo esperanzas” Will take place in Guadalajara, Mexico in May 13-16 2020.
Mexico is an exciting place for the International Migration Section. Mexicans are still the largest foreign-born group in the country, accounting for 25 percent of the 44.5 million immigrants as of 2017 (By Jie Zong and Jeanne Batalova, 2018). According to with the importance of the Mexican immigrants in this country and the current policies of family separation of immigrants at the southern border our discussion was centered about the need of discussed the most relevant migrant's actors of our times: children and Youth. We started a brainstorm conversation about organization and people that we personally or through our institutions, we know in Guadalajara, and we propose to contact them in order to work together in the organization of the section's activities during the Congress. For many reasons connected with the situation that we are living in and the concerns about the fate of immigrant children, we have decided to propose the topic of immigrant children and youth and their recent experiences and repercussion for the future. We will attempt to work with another section in the organization of the pre-conference. We also would like to propose to work with another section for our pre-conference.
In summary, we concluded:
1. Organize and distribute the call for panels. The International Migration Section has the right to sponsor three panels or workshops.
2. Encourage our members to present papers on the subject of Migration South-South and inter-Latin American countries.
3. Organize a pre-conference in Guadalajara Mexico previous to the International LASA Congress, about Immigrant Children their experiences in the United States and countries of Latin America.
4. Select community organization in Guadalajara, Mexico that are working with immigrants and immigrants organizations to contact and inform our section about the local situation and to invite them to work with us in our pre-conference.
5. To invite our members to present their recent books at the pre-conference of the section.
Executive Committee Section Co-chairs:
Co-Chair for North America, Sara Poggio, University of Maryland Baltimore County ( UMBC)
Co-Chair for Latin America, Daniela Celleri University of Hanover Germany
Secretary / Treasurer: Maria Amelia Viteri, University of San Francisco Quito. Ecuador
Section Council members: Camelia Tigau, Center for Research on North America, National Autonomous University of Mexico; Ximena Figueroa Póo, Institute of Communication and Image of the University of Chile; Anahí Viladrich, Queens College & The Graduate Center, The City University of New York (CUNY)



Business Meeting 2016

According with decisions taken in Puerto Rico , in our business meeting , we had worked during the period inter Congress 2015-2016 in the preparation of the Pre-conference: “: New York as a Global City: A Critical Perspective” New York May 26 2016. The Pre-conference was held in 108- 50 Roosevelt Avenue, Jackson Heights, Corona, Queens, New York.

See attached agenda and flyer.

According with the number of members that we have in Puerto Rico we were able to present two panels and a workshop during the Congress in New York.

We distribute a call for papers among our members for both the panels and the workshop and we selected the following panels and workshop:

Panel: Globalizing cities, migration and the state in Latin America Chair Felipe Filomeno


Bringing together scholars based in the United States and Mexico, this panel presents papers that investigate the dynamics of migration in key urban areas of Latin America, with special attention to the relationship between migrants and the state. In the five areas examined, state authorities have responded differently to the complex “glocal” realities created by the intersection of rural-to-urban migration, emigration and immigration. Each of the papers explores these migration flows and the conditions that have shaped local responses that range from neglect (Puebla-Tlaxcala, Mexico) to humanitarian (São Paulo, Brazil)

Panel II: “New shifts in migration, spaces and racisms in Latin America: Discussing research methods for understanding South-South migration in Chile and Ecuador” Chair Maria Amelia Viteri


Growing social inequality and enforced border controls have shifted migratory trends in South America. The symbolic boundaries of migration policies and their institutionalized racism are locally reproduced in the emergence of space reconfigurations where new zones of transit and spaces for belonging and citizenship are contested. The lax migratory policies of Ecuador and the promise of economic development of Chile have increasingly attracted Latin American migrants who either transit through or reside in those countries. By reflecting upon these contemporary shifts, this panel aims to explore

Workshop Understanding Immigration and immigrants through the lens of time.


This workshop addresses some of the main research trajectories in the field of migration studies for the past decades, in light of the celebration of LASA’ 50 years. Participants in this workshop (from their particular disciplines) along with the audience will share their insights regarding some of the key changes that have occurred in immigration studies in the last 50 years. Ultimately, this workshop aims to reflect on our research field’s rich and changing path, along with the changes that have taken place in public policy, transnationalism and globalization, migration patterns, and citizenship and borders, to name a few.

Participants: Camelia Tigau, Ximena Poo, Anahi Viladrich, Maria Amelia Viteri and Sara Poggio Activities in the Business Meeting: The Business meeting was attended by: Jennifer Cook, Mathew Hayes, Benjamin Du Montier, Maria Amelia Viteri ,Ximena Poo, Camelia Tigau, Daniela Celleri , Sara Poggio, Thania Lizarazo, Thania Munos, Felipe Filomeno, Carmen Ferradas, Christian Duena and Carolina Ramirez We informed the members who were present at the meeting about the advances of the Section of International Migration in terms of the increase in the membership, we started with 70 members on 2012, and the number was increasing since then, in 2016 we counted 176 members which implies that we will continue organizing three panels for Lasa 2017.

2. Discussion of Activities for Lima 2017 We will organize a Pre-conference to be held a day previous to the beginning of the Congress. Possible topics discussed and approved in the meeting: Mobility in a very broad sense was used to define the topic for the pre-conference in Lima Peru in 2017. Different aspects of mobility to be the topic for pre-conference and for the call for Papers.

1) Internal Migrations

2) Migrations South To South

3) Intraregional Migrations In Latin America

4) Migration Policy In Latin America

5) Mobility, Bodies, Gender And Sexualities During the discussion with the members of the section it was suggested that the section of International Migration could work with the sections of Gender Studies and the Section of Sexuality in an effort to coordinate a pre-conference in which the three sections will share costs and resources as well as the schedule for presentation and discussion. The idea is interesting and could be done but it is necessary to think carefully about how to proceed in order to use the time and the topic to be discussed at the event.

Other topics suggested by the members

1) To develop a network of people and institutions using the members’ individual professional networks in Peru and in Lima in special.

2) To add Internal and circular displacement within countries (the case of Mexico) as a topic for Pre-conference and Panels of the Section.

3) To explore the contact with the Section of Agrarian studies at Lasa in order to work with them.

4) To add the topic of Migratory patterns from Asia to South America (Past and Present) to the topic of the Pre-conference and Panels.

5) To give the section with major visibility through collaboration with Collaboration with Journals ( CELAE, Migration Associations (Mexico, Spain and other countries)

6) To organize the International Migration Paper Award in 2017.

Changes in Governance:

The Section approved to incorporate Daniela Celleri as Co-Chair for South America replacing Maria Amelia Viteri. Anahi Viladrich continues as Secretary Treasurer Sara Poggio continues as the Co-Chair for North America Maria Amelia Viteri becomes counselor Camelia Tigau and Ximena Poo continue as councils . NEW SECTION BOARD Executive Committee Section Co-chairs: Co-Chair for North America, Sara Poggio, University of Maryland Baltimore County ( UMBC) Co-Chair for Latin America, Daniela Celleri University of Hanover Germany. Secretary Treasurer Anahí Viladrich, Queens College & The Graduate Center, The City University of New York (CUNY) Section Council members: Maria Amelia Viteri, University of San Francisco Quito. Ecuador Felipe Filomeno, University of Maryland Baltimore County ( UMBC Thania Munos, University of Maryland Baltimore County ( UMBC ) Camelia Tigau, Center for Research on North America, National Autonomous University of Mexico Ximena Figueroa Póo , Institute of Communication and Image of the University of Chile