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URVIO Revista Latinoamericana de Estudios de Seguridad

versión On-line ISSN 1390-4299versión impresa ISSN 1390-3691


PENCHASZADEH, Ana Paula. Migration policy and security in Argentina today: human rights paradigm jeopardizes?. URVIO [online]. 2018, n.23, pp.91-109. ISSN 1390-4299.

The goal of this paper is to address recent changes over Argentine migration policy, particularly reforms introduced by the Necessity and Urgency Decree (Decreto de Necesidad y Urgencia-DNU) 70, issued by the executive branch in January 2017, to highlight the current links between migrations, human rights and security. Argentina’s case is of the most importance given that its Migration Law (from 2004) has recognized the highest standards on human rights, which should limit certain actions of the State taken in the name of security. Measures adopted by Cambiemos government (a right based coalition that won in 2015) are based on a direct linkage between migration and criminality, intended to rewrite migration policy in the field of security to emphasize control, instead of social integration of migrants. In this frame, we believe DNU 70 set an example that allows analyzing the paradox encompasses in the criminalization of migrations, with consequences such as more exceptionalism in sovereignty, even though in a context of general recognition of human rights. This article goes about these tensions expecting Argentina’s case may illuminate others.

Palabras clave : Argentina; criminalization; human rights; migration; security.

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