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STEFONI, Carolina; JARAMILLO, Matías; BRAVO, Aline  and  MACAYA-AGUIRRE, Gustavo. Colchane. The construction of a humanitarian crisis in the border area of northern Chile. Estud. front [online]. 2023, vol.24, e113.  Epub June 02, 2023. ISSN 2395-9134.

The purpose of this article is to analyze the duality that exists in how the States approach the current Venezuelan migration in the region between the humanitarian perspective and the securitist perspective. From the definition of Venezuelan migration as a “crisis” and forced displacement the result is the increase in more restrictive border control measures, the increase in irregular entry and humanitarian aid to those who are in extremely precarious and vulnerable conditions, unresolving irregularity or the consequences that this situation has on people who arrive to Chile. The article takes the case of the border between Chile and Bolivia and the increase of unauthorized crossings at the Colchane border and is based on the results of two investigations carried out during 2021, the first based on qualitative interviews and field observations, and the second based on survey results and field observation.

Keywords : border; forced displacement; refugee; humanitarian crisis; migration.

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