Migración y desarrollo
versión impresa ISSN 1870-7599
ARRIOLA VEGA, Luis Alfredo. Seguridad y migración en el espacio fronterizo Tabasco-El Petén. Migr. desarro [online]. 2009, n.13, pp.27-45. ISSN 1870-7599.
This paper analyzes the relationship between the complex subjects of migration and security, which encompasses issues such as national sovereignty versus free human mobility; what is judicially legal versus what is socially legitimate, and the defense of particular notions of security when faced by both real and potential threats, such as a pandemic or a terrorist attack. A qualitative description of the flow of undocumented migrants across the region of Tabasco (Mexico) and El Petén (Guatemala), an activity labeled as illicit by the state, provides an initial look into the relationship between migration and security on a local level. However, the ultimately global presence of this process requires new ways of conceiving security, ways that can ensure a democratic management of the migration phenomenon.
Palabras llave : migration; security; Mexico-Guatemala border; illegal activities; boundary.