Santiago, Chile and Lima, Peru


Santiago, Chile and Lima, Peru

rachel_3_supreme_court_uah_visiting_researchers_web Rachel Odio (J.D. ‘12) compared migration issues in Chile and Peru, splitting her summer between Santiago and Lima. While in Santiago, she was hosted by Professor Macarena Rodriguez of the Consultorio Inmigrantes at Universidad Alberto Hurtado. She interviewed officials from international organizations and the Chilean government, along with a wide range of individuals from civil society working on immigration. “It was unsettling to recognize the similarities between accusations and prejudices leveled against immigrants in Chile and those leveled against immigrants in the United States,” she says. “The experience raised questions about human reaction to the ‘other.’ At the same time, it was inspiring to discover the care and support some dedicate to marginalized members of society, like immigrants. Their compassion testifies to another element of human nature.” Notre Dame’s office in Santiago facilitated Ms. Odio’s stay.

rachel_2_web In Lima, Ms. Odio’s research shifted to Peruvian emigration and governmental and civil society responses to this phenomenon. “I was struck by the intensity of the migration topic in Peru. Migration from the farm to the city and from Peru out of the country extends a lifeline to struggling families, strains emotional relationships, and creates opportunities for the national economy. Some people are thankful for emigrants’ sacrifices while other resent them for leaving their families and country behind.” Ms. Odio was hosted by the Centro de Investigación de la Universidad del Pacifico (CIUP).

Her case study, “South American Dream: Migration Policies in Chile and Peru,” explores the countries’ immigration and emigration frameworks, non-governmental actors’ participation in the migratory process, and challenges to migrants’ human capabilities.

Read Ms. Odio’s case study South American Dream: Migration Policies in Chile and Peru (PDF Version)