Migration et refuge vénézuélien: Réponses politiques en Amérique Latine [diapositives]


Ces diapositives ont été présentées dans le cadre de l’école d’été intitulé « Immigration, intégration et diversité sur le marché du travail », organisée par le Centre d’études et de recherches internationales à l’Université de Montréal (CÉRIUM).


Il est désormais évident que l’exode vénézuélien qui a débuté en 2014 est le plus grand déplacement de personnes dans l’histoire de l’Amérique latine. Cette conférence vise à donner un aperçu compréhensif de ce phénomène migratoire. Elle fournira des éléments-clés sur les causes de cette migration, les flux géographiques et les réponses politiques à travers la région. L’identification des Vénézuéliens comme des migrants économiques ou comme des réfugiés sera également discutée. Les réponses politiques seront explorées conjointement avec les réalités du terrain, concernant entre autres l’intégration et l’emploi.


Les diapositives sont disponibles ici.

From Exile to Homeland Return: Ethnographic Mapping to Inform Peacebuilding from Afar [article]


When violent conflict flares up, forced migration often follows. Ethnographic data shows that forced migrants remain attached to their places of origin and often express a desire to return once conflict has abated, be it after weeks, months, or years. Conversely, peacebuilders in the homeland have not effectively integrated displaced persons within their strategic programming. This is cause for concern considering the literature connecting the collapse of fragile peace to ‘refugee spoilers.’ There is a critical gap in peacebuilders’ commitment to understanding refugees’ needs and claims, and the implications these pose on peace stability following repatriation. This article argues that ethnography of refugees still living in exile can generate rich datasets useful to the development of peacebuilding programming. More than this, it proposes a methodology — ethnographic mapping — that can collect both spatial (maps) and narrative (descriptions) information in tandem and across cultural groups living in refugee camps.


Parent, N., 2020. From Exile to Homeland Return: Ethnographic Mapping to Inform Peacebuilding from Afar. Stability: International Journal of Security and Development, 9(1), p.7. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/sta.772


This article is published through Stability: International Journal of Security and Development, a publication based out of the Centre for Security Governance (CSG). It is available for viewing and download here.


Social-cultural hierarchies, states of exception, and liminality [guest lecture]


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This guest lecture was prepared for GEOG217 Cities in the Modern World, co-taught by Benjamin Forest and Chris Erl at the Department of Geography, McGill University. Here, case-based migration phenomena are explored through three theoretical prisms, aligned to three learning objectives:

  1. To show how migration phenomena engages with persisting social-cultural hierarchies
  2. To explore the nexus between migrant spaces and states of exception
  3. To identify interlinkages between the politics of migration and the experience of migrants through the concept of liminality

While the content explored is not exceptional to the Global South, examples are drawn from here in order to complement content explored through GEOG217.


The video-recorded lecture can be viewed below.

A turning tide? Venezuelan displacement and migration governance in Peru [article]


This article explores the emergence of a ‘moral panic’ (Cohen 1972) in Peru. Resulting from a high influx of Venezuelans over the last few years, fear has spread like wildfire, where politicians have increasingly instrumentalized this for their own political gains.

The article is co-written with Dr. Luisa Feline Freier at the Universidad del Pacifico (Political and Social Sciences) in Lima, Peru.


The article is published (11.12.2019) through the Migration Policy Centre blog, published by the European University Institute and Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies. It can be read here.


Ethnographic mapping for more inclusive environmental mediation in areas of return migration [slides]


This presentation was given as part of a panel titled “Approaches to Prevent and End Environmental Conflicts,” presented at the 1st International Conference on Environmental Peacebuilding (23-25 October 2019), University of California, Irvine.


The presentation slides are available here. Presentation notes can be made available upon request.