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Publication - Dr Diego Acosta Arcarazo

    Turning the Immigration Policy Paradox Up-side Down? Populist Liberalism and Discursive Gaps in South America

    Citation

    Acosta Arcarazo, D & Freier, LF, 2015, ‘Turning the Immigration Policy Paradox Up-side Down? Populist Liberalism and Discursive Gaps in South America’. International Migration Review.

    Abstract

    A paradox of officially rejecting but covertly accepting irregular migrants
    has long been identified in the policies of Western receiving states. In
    South America, however, a liberal discourse of universally welcoming all
    immigrants has replaced the formally restrictive immigration rhetoric. This
    discursive liberalization has found partial translation into immigration laws
    and policies, but governments reject increasing irregular south-south
    migration. This paper explores in how far immigration policies in South
    America constitute a liberal turn, or rather a reverse immigration policy
    paradox of officially welcoming but covertly rejecting irregular migrants,
    and identifies South American ‘populist liberalism’ in the sphere of
    migration.

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