The EU and the Red Cross assist thousands of Venezuelans migrating throughout Latin America. Photo: EU Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operation via CreativeCommons

​The PRIO Migration Research Group and the Norwegian Centre for Humanitarian Studies welcome you to a seminar on Venezuelan displacement with Associate Professor of Migration and European Law at the University of Bristol, Dr Diego Acosta.

​In early June 2019, the UN agencies UNHCR and IOM announced that the number of Venezuelans leaving their country has reached 4 million, making Venezuelans one of the single largest population groups displaced from their country. "These alarming figures highlight the urgent need to support host communities in the receiving countries", said Eduardo Stein, joint UNHCR-IOM Special Representative for Venezuelan refugees and migrants. Latin American countries are hosting the vast majority of Venezuelans, putting immense pressure on the region. 

In this seminar, Dr Acosta will give a presentation based on his latest book "The National versus the Foreigner in South America: 200 Years of Migration and Citizenship Law" (2018), and apply a historical and comparative analysis to discuss the ongoing emigration and its implications in the region. In particular, he will dissect the legal responses that other countries in the region have given and that have been generally presented as open. Presently, Venezuela is one of the most dire humanitarian crises in terms of displacement on the globe, and other countries and regions can extract lessons from the South American response.


Chair: Marta Bivand Erdal (Research Professor in Migration Studies and Coordinator PRIO Migration Research Group)/Maria Gabrielsen Jumbert (Research Director Norwegian Centre for Humanitarian Studies, Senior Researcher PRIO)

Speaker: Dr Diego Acosta (Associate Professor of Migration and European Law, University of Bristol)

Discussant: Nina A. Brattvoll (Senior Advisor/Humanitarian Coordinator, Caritas Norway)