Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Leave if You're Able: Deportation, Migration, and Survival in Honduras
Speaker:Amelia Frank-Vitale (Princeton University, USA)
In this talk, I argue that deportation and migration can be understood in terms of continuance, rather than rupture. Focusing on the experience of young Honduran men deported back toâ¯neighbourhoodsâ¯with some of the highest rates of violence in the world, I show how deportation, intended to curtail mobility, provokes further movement as it becomes an extension across international boundaries of already existing exclusion. Drawing from long term ethnographic fieldwork in Honduras and extensive research on Central American transit migration through Mexico, I detail how a prior experience of circumscribed life chances is accumulated across time and space as people who are criminalised find themselves caught up in the evolving immigration enforcement regime that leaves them desperate to escape home yet unable to access refuge elsewhere. Through the stories of young men navigating survival on Honduras's urban margins, I depict life after, and between, multiple deportations, showing how, for young Honduran men, deportability - the condition of always being potentially at risk of removal - begins well before they decide to migrate.
Seminar ProgrammeAutumn Term 202128 Octoberâ¯2021
â¯(Inaugural session) 11 November 2021
â¯ 25 November 2021
9 December 2021
Winter Term 2022â¯
3 February 2022â¯
17 February 2022â¯
3 March 2022â¯
17 March 2022â¯
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