Trends and Determinants of Colombian Migration to Chile

Bata-Balog, Amadea and Thomázy, Gabriella (2020) Trends and Determinants of Colombian Migration to Chile. In: Education and Social Sciences Conference Business and EconomicsConference. International Academic Institute, Barcelona, pp. 67-81. ISBN 978-608-4881-07-0


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International news often give voice to Latin American migration aiming at Europe or especially the US, yet rarely do we hear about migration within the region. However, steadily increasing trend of intraregional migration has developed over the past decades, which has seen some Latin American countries – such as Colombia – issuing major outflows, while others – including Chile – has become regional migration-receiving countries. These changing migration processes fundamentally shape the societies and economies of Latin America. Economic factors and internal conflicts have caused extensive emigration from Colombia, and with outflows growing, the volume to Chile has enlarged and the number of Colombians residing in Chile has increased sixfold within less than twenty years. Chile – in many aspects, being one of the most successful countries in Latin America – is chosen among Colombians, who want to enjoy a better quality of life, nevertheless, it is the objective of the study to deepen our understanding of the determining factors. This article outlines trends in the volume and composition of Colombian outflows to Chile in the 21st century. The paper is dedicated to search for answers and explanations to questions such as: What forces drive Colombian migration and what attracts them in Chile? What are the main determinants of Colombian outflows to Chile? Understanding migratory behavior is an everlasting difficulty both for social sciences and economics, but available statistics on migration flows, surveys, Chilean legislation and further macro-data allow the analysis of migration trends that characterize Colombian emigration to Chile. Globalization, political situations, income disparities and economic imbalances have all contributed to the currently increased movements of Colombians to Chile, posing challenges for both the origin and destination country.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: intraregional migration; determinants of migration; Latin America; Colombia; Chile
Subjects: J Political Science / politológia > JU Emigration and immigration / kivándorlás, bevándorlás
Depositing User: MTMT SWORD
Date Deposited: 01 Dec 2020 10:55
Last Modified: 01 Dec 2020 10:55

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