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Migration from Latin America to Europe

Trends and Policy Challenges

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Part of the IOM Migration Research Series, this study reveals various trends and policy challenges relating to migration from Latin America and the Caribbean to Europe, which has grown rapidly over the last decade. These increased flows calls for strengthened cooperation between the two regions on migration issues, specifically the effective integration of migration issues into the ongoing development cooperation activities and political dialogues.

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Europe as a destination for Latin American migrants

Europe has always exercised a strong political and cultural influence over the Latin American countries and, as a result, the presence of members of the Latin American elite in European countries has been a reality since the Independence era. For example, there are the students who completed their education in Europe, there are intellectuals, artists and political exiles who have sought refuge from the innumerable wars and conflicts that have shaken the Latin American subcontinent throughout its history. However, Europe has begun to be seen as a destination of migration flows from Latin America only relatively recently.

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