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What the Pandemic Does – and Doesn't – Change about Migration in Latin America

April 20, 2020

This article is adapted from AQ's special report on migration

Migration is one of the most pressing issues we face in the hemisphere. As AQ prepared this issue, my focus was on the difference between a migrant and a refugee. According to the U.N. Refugee Agency (UNHCR), a person who is forced to flee due to war, violence or persecution is a refugee, while a migrant is someone who chooses to move.

That’s a distinction that, at least in the case of Venezuela, is almost too small to notice. Is a...

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