‘No Country for Refuge: A Critical Case Study of Venezuelan Migrants, Asylum-Seekers and Refugees in Trinidad and Tobago,’


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The principal goal of this two-year research project is to critically investigate the production and contestation of the ‘refugee crisis script’ in the global South based on a case study of state regulation and violence against Venezuelan migrants, asylum seekers and refugees in Trinidad and Tobago. The research will explore the multiple and complex ways in which stakeholders of the specific ‘crisis’ actively engage the process of ‘migration management’ as a discourse of national security. The study will specifically focus on: (1) the government of Trinidad and Tobago’s management policies and practices of regulating Venezuelan migrants, asylum-seekers and refugees; (2) the interventions of non-governmental organizations (local and international) in mediating an imminent humanitarian crisis in Trinidad and Tobago, and: (3) the voices and experiences of Venezuelan migrants, asylum seekers and refugees in Trinidad and Tobago, as well as their individual and collective responses to social, political, economic, and xenophobic anti-migrant/refugee violence. The project will attempt to place these stakeholders into conversation to open up possibilities for transformative social justice knowledge production through collaboration.

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2022

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