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date: 22 February 2020

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The widely reported increase in violence-based displacement from Central America to Mexico has been managed as a non-crisis by the Mexican government, which continues to try to assuage its powerful neighbours to the north and to control what has been termed the United States’ “third border” (Grayson 2006), between Mexico and Guatemala/Belize. This chapter is based on work that has sought to understand migration and displacement as lived experience, and argues that mobility is a deeply historical, personal, and conditioned process, in which the self—at the center of a complex web of shifting opportunities and oppressions—is itself in flux, at the apex of damage and possibility. Rather than crises, mobility is too often lived as protracted and contingent struggles.

Keywords: displacement, forced migration, marginality, human security, border extension, North and Central America

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