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Understanding the Haitian Migration Flow from Chile to the US Southern Border



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This event seeks to contextualize the migration flow of thousands of Haitians from Chile who recently made the perilous journey to the US borderland seeking asylum. As the home of more than 180,000 Haitians, Chile became a main receiving country of Haitian migrants who left the Caribbean island after the devastating earthquake of 2010 and subsequent economic and humanitarian crises. By looking at Chile’s increasingly restrictive migration policies and racist views towards Haitians, the guest speakers will help us understand the challenges that Haitian immigrants confront and the reason why they are now leaving this South American country. This event will feature presentations in English and Spanish

Yvenet Dorsainvil is professor at Universidad Tecnológica Metropolitana and specialist in International Relations at Universidad de Chile. He is a former member of the National Migration Council (2016-2018) and current member of the Advisory Council for the National Institute of Human Rights in Chile. He is also the author of Diccionario Kreyòl - Español- Chilenismo.

Cristián Doña-Reveco is the Director of the Offce of Latino and Latin American Studies (OLLAS) and Associate Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology & Anthropology at the University of Nebraska Omaha (UNO). He is also faculty affliate with UNO's Goldstein Center for Human Rights. He earned a Bachelor's and professional degree in Sociology from Universidad de Chile, an MA in Political Sciences with a concentration in International Relations from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, and an MA in Sociology and a PhD in Sociology and History both from Michigan State University (2012). He is an expert of migration policies in Chile and South America at the national and regional levels. His research works have appeared in several journals such as "International Migration," the "Journal of Urban Affairs," as well as book chapters and technical reports. He has also worked as a consultant for the International Organization for Migration and for the Population Division of United Nations' Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean.


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Publication Date

Fall 11-11-2021


Haiti, Migration, Chile


Latin American Languages and Societies

Understanding the Haitian Migration Flow from Chile to the US Southern Border