While the criminalization and hyper‐sexualization of Venezuelanmigrants and refugees across South America have received growing scholarly attention, fairly little is known about the coping strategies of migrants in this context. In this article, we build on quantitative and qualitative data from a survey (N = 100), 72 in‐depth interviews, and five focus groups with Venezuelan immigrants in five Peruvian cities, collected between 2018 and 2020, to explore how they make sense of, and react to, negative shifts in public opinion on immigration and the criminalization of Venezuelan nationals. We identify two broad coping mechanisms: (a) opposition to their criminalization, including its satirical ridiculing, and (b) intra‐group boundary‐making and “othering.” Our findings make an important contribution to the literature on migrant responses to criminalization and intra‐group relations in the Global South.
Nota bibliográficaFunding Information:
The research presented here is part of the broader study ?Obstacles to the Socio-labor Integration of Venezuelan Migrants in Peru and Implications for National Migration Policy? (#3010101019), which was awarded research funds in 2018 by the Universidad del Pac?fico?s Office of the Vice President for Research. This entity, which also serves as the university?s ethical review board and is governed by the Code of Ethics for Research and Consulting 2017, approved our research with human sub-jects. We are thankful for this support as well as for the research and editing assistance of N?cola Espinosa and Andrea Kvietok.
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