Discriminación en silencio: Percepciones de migrantes venezolanos sobre la discriminación en Colombia

Translated title of the contribution: Silent discrimination: Venezuelan migrants’ perception of discrimination in Colombia

Juan Camilo Taborda Burgos, Alida Maria Acosta Ortiz, Maria Camila Garcia

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In the context of the Venezuelan migratory crisis, recent opinion polls show an increase in discriminatory or xenophobic attitudes towards the Venezuelan population in Colombia. This paper presents an adjusted conceptual frame-work to understand the Venezuelan migrant crisis without appealing to the traditional concepts of race or language. Using a qualitative approach, we also study migrants’ perceptions of discrimination, in their interaction with host communities and the Colombian state. Evidence suggests that while Venezuelan migrants interviewed do not express suffering direct discrimination generally, they or their fellow conational constantly encounter indirect discrimination. This type of discrimination is highly mediated by social status and economic resources and is observed when interacting with the state or by stereotypes pushed forward by the media. Simply put, this means that apparently neutral norms or processes, involve more difficulties for Venezuelans simply because they are Venezuelan.

Translated title of the contributionSilent discrimination: Venezuelan migrants’ perception of discrimination in Colombia
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)143-186
Number of pages44
JournalDesarrollo y Sociedad
Issue number89
StatePublished - Dec 2021


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