Brazil: A Laboratory of International Migrations in the 21st Century

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January 2021
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Roberto Georg Uebel
Amanda Raldi
Sonia Ranincheski
Demographic Economics - Migration

If Latin America can be understood as a laboratory for the new regional systems of the 21st century, the protagonism of Brazil, a country that has undergone profound political, economic and social changes in the last two decades, was its main ingredient. One of the fields that stood out was that of international migrations towards the country, which has consolidated as one of the main destinations for Latin Americans, West Africans and East Asians in the global South. After observing an unprecedented immigration flow of Haitians, Senegalese, Cubans, Bengalis and Venezuelans, Brazil today has a geopolitical paradigm: It has one of the most modern migratory laws in the international system and, at the same time, governments and anti-immigration, anti-integration and anti-globalisation institutions. This work will present Brazil’s immigration profile in the last two decades and a brief discussion about the country’s migration governance, its new agendas and perspectives. It is an interdisciplinary work of Geography, International Relations and Political Science.


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