Labyrinths of Documents: Inequality and Migratory Regularization in South America

CELS and CAREF produced an extensive study on migrant rights in South America during the pandemic.

In this investigation, we explored what tendencies developed over the past years when increasingly conservative State policies meet mass Venezuelan emigration. We realized that in some parts of the region, immigration is becoming a matter of exceptional procedures rather than standardized rights.

We also found a common phenomenon that runs through all of the countries studied: economically marginalized migrants are further relegated into poverty and subjected to human rights violations by the lack of a regularized migration status. Click here for the executive summary in English and here to download the full study in Spanish.

This document was made possible thanks to the collaborative efforts of the following organizations:

Argentina
Centro de Estudios Legales y Sociales (CELS)
Comisión Argentina para Refugiados y Migrantes (CAREF)

Brazil
Centro de Direitos Humanos e Cidadania do Imigrante (CDHIC)
Conectas Direitos Humanos
Missão Paz

Chile
Observatorio Ciudadano
Movimiento Acción Migrante (MAM)

Colombia
DeJusticia
Corporación Opción Legal

Peru
Instituto de Democracia y Derechos Humanos (Idehpucp) de la Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú

Regional
Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA)