Mexico's southern border at the time of the migrant people caravans

For several years, attention has been focused on the caravans of migrant people leaving Central America for the United States of America. Getting out of the media effect is essential to understand that these caravans, made up of unaccompanied minors, families or single individuals, are migratory responses to violent contexts in the space of origin, transit and destination. Then, it's interesting to understand the recompositions of these migrations by analysing the migrant people's discourses. The migratory projects they formulate reveal the situations they face throughout their migration. This is a key to reading through these "caravan" effects the positions of the countries of destination (United States) and transit (Mexico and countries of the Central American isthmus).

Type of project

NARRAU research and development

Date of completion :

January - april 2020

The "House of the Walker" offers a safe space for migrant people on the road and take care of their belongings.

Arrival of the freight train, used by many migrant people to cross the country, in Palenque (Chiapas).

After several days or even weeks on the roads facing the rain and crossing rivers, the migrant people try to dry the few things they carry by the fire in the kitchen of the "House of the Walker". This structure, directed by Father Alberto and administered by Sister Peace, is based in Palenque.