1st Edition

The Routledge History of Modern Latin American Migration

    488 Pages 36 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Routledge History of Modern Latin American Migration offers a systematic account of population movements to and from the region over the last 150 years, spanning from the massive transoceanic migration of the 1870s to contemporary intraregional and transnational movements.

    The volume introduces the migratory trajectories of Latin American populations as a complex web of transnational movements linking origin, transit, and receiving countries. It showcases the historical mobility dynamics of different national groups including Arab, Asian, African, European, and indigenous migration and their divergent international trajectories within existing migration systems in the Western Hemisphere, including South America, the Caribbean, and Mesoamerica. The contributors explore some of the main causes for migration, including wars, economic dislocation, social immobility, environmental degradation, repression, and violence. Multiple case studies address critical contemporary topics such as the Venezuelan exodus, Central American migrant caravans, environmental migration, indigenous and gender migration, migrant religiosity, transit and return migration, urban labor markets, internal displacement, the nexus between organized crime and forced migration, the role of social media and new communication technologies, and the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on movement. These essays provide a comprehensive map of the historical evolution of migration in Latin America and contribute to define future challenges in migration studies in the region.

    This book will be of interest to scholars of Latin American and Migration Studies in the disciplines of history, sociology, political science, anthropology, and geography.

    1. Introduction

    Andreas E. Feldmann, Xóchitl Bada, Jorge Durand, and Stephanie Schütze

    2. Migration Studies in Latin America: An Interdisciplinary Account

    Douglas S. Massey

    Section I

    Great Migration Systems in the Americas

    3. The Mesoamerican Migration System

    Jorge Durand

    4. Main Historical Trends in Caribbean Migration

    Jorge Duany

    5. International Migration in South America.

    Victoria Prieto-Rosas and Julieta Bengochea

    Section II

    Migration Dynamics (18701930)

    6. Migration and Nation in Latin America

    Michael Goebel

    7. Pacific Rims and Atlantic Worlds

    Jeffrey Lesser

    8. Religion and Migration in Latin America

    Julia G. Young

    9. Haitian Migration to the Dominican Republic

    Marina Ariza

    10. Arab Americana: Redrawing "Hemispheric Partitions"

    John Tofik Karam

    11. Jewish Migration to Latin America

    Mariusz Kałczewiak

    Section III

    20th Century Migration Movements (19302000)

    12. Gender Migration in Latin America

    Marcela Cerrutti

    13. Forced Migration and Exile: Analytical and Historical Perspectives

    Luis Roniger

    14. Indigenous Migration in Latin America

    Laura Velasco-Ortiz

    15. Migratory Processes in Argentina

    Alejandro Grimson and Menara Guizardi

    16. Venezuela: The Golden Magnet

    William Mejía

    17. Central American Migration to the United States: Historical Roots and Current Conditions

    Leisy J. Abrego and Cecilia Menjívar

    18. Mexican Migration to the United States and the Rise of the Deportation Machine

    Adam Goodman

    19. Latin American Migration to Canada: Understanding Socially Differentiated Inclusions

    Tanya Basok, Luin Goldring, Patricia Landolt, Fernando Mata, and Paloma E. Villegas


    Section IV

    Migration Patterns in the 21st Century

    20. Demographic Environment and Migration Perspectives in Latin America and the Caribbean

    Silvia E. Giorguli-Saucedo, Victor M. García-Guerrero, and Claudia Masferrer

    21. Internal Displacement in Latin America

    Andreas E. Feldmann

    22. The Nexus of Forced Migration and Organized Violence

    Ximena Alba, Ludger Pries, and Stephanie Schütze

    23. Urban Labor Markets and Migration in Latin American Cities

    Cristóbal Mendoza

    24. Root Causes of the Contemporary Venezuelan Exodus

    Lourdes Gouveia

    25. More than a Northward Migratory Corridor: Changes in Transit Migration and Migration Policy in Mexico

    Martha Luz Rojas-Wiesner

    26. Return Migration to Mexico

    Mónica L. Jacobo-Suárez and Nuty Cárdenas-Alaminos

    Section IV

    Future Dynamics in Population Movements

    27. Environmental Change, Its Social Impacts, and Migration Responses Within and Out of Latin America: A Review and Theoretical Inquiry

    Fernando Riosmena

    28. New Communication Technologies and Peoples’ Movement

    Michele F. Ferris-Dobles

    29. Migration Research in Violent Areas

    Rebecca V. Bell-Martin and Jerome F. Marston Jr.

    30. Human Mobility and the COVID-19 Pandemic in Latin America

    Luisa Feline Freier and Soledad Castillo-Jara

    31. Caravans Adrift: Central American Migrants Stranded Along the Northern Border of Mexico

    Dolores París-Pombo and Amarela Varela-Huerta

    32. Between Closure and Openness: Migration Governance and the Venezuelan Exodus

    Luciana Gandini



    Andreas E. Feldmann is Associate Professor in the Latin American and Latino Studies Program and Department of Political Science, and Principal Investigator of the Global Immigration Cluster Initiative at the University of Illinois Chicago, USA.

    Xóchitl Bada is Associate Professor in the Latin American and Latino Studies Program of the University of Illinois at Chicago, USA.

    Jorge Durand is Research Professor at the Universidad de Guadalajara, Mexico.

    Stephanie Schütze is Professor in the Latin America Institute of the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany.

    Listen to Andreas E. Feldmann and Xóchitl Bada discuss the book on New Books in Economic and Business History: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1kLsoKrz7eE