State control of Migration during the COVID-19 Pandemic in Mexico


In this article, the author shows how the Pandemic aggravated the already precarious conditions of migrants. When the Pandemic started in Mexico, the authorities were already upgrading their migration control measurements on several levels. Deeper coordination with the Trump Administration, suspension of asylum processes in the USA, militarization of the migration management and bureaucratic institutions in Mexico, have all been taking place simultaneously by March 2020. The article shows how arbitrary detentions, releases, deportations of migrants have increased in Mexico during the Pandemic while ignoring potential public health hazards. Moreover, the article also draws the attention to different forms and techniques of resistance by migrants, like the formation of caravans which served as a tool of collective protection.

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