The Central American Refugee Crisis, Securitization, and the Media

Authored by: Adrian Bergmann

The Routledge Companion To Media and Humanitarian Action

Print publication date:  September  2017
Online publication date:  September  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138688575
eBook ISBN: 9781315538129
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315538129.ch19

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Abstract

Central America and Mexico are awash with firearms and an array of state and non-state armed actors, including local and transnational organized crime, gangs, death squads, police and military. For years, they have been locked in a dynamic of armed confrontation that is fueling an urgent crisis of forced displacement within and across borders. As humanitarian actors struggle to come to terms with these contemporary scenarios of armed conflict, and to develop effective strategies for addressing them, the predominant response to the flow of refugees may be exacerbating the logic of war that is driving hundreds of thousands from their homes.

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