My Brother the “Other”: Use of Satire and Boundary‐Making by Venezuelan Migrants in Peru

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My Brother the “Other”: Use of Satire and Boundary‐Making by Venezuelan Migrants in Peru


  • Leda M. Pérez Department of Social and Political Sciences, Universidad del Pacífico, Peru
  • Luisa Feline Freier Department of Social and Political Sciences, Universidad del Pacífico, Peru


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Abstract:  While the criminalization and hyper‐sexualization of Venezuelanmigrants and refugees across South America have received growing scholarly attention, fairly little is known about the coping strategies of migrants in this context. In this article, we build on quantitative and qualitative data from a survey (N = 100), 72 in‐depth interviews, and five focus groups with Venezuelan immigrants in five Peruvian cities, collected between 2018 and 2020, to explore how they make sense of, and react to, negative shifts in public opinion on immigration and the criminalization of Venezuelan nationals. We identify two broad coping mechanisms: (a) opposition to their criminalization, including its satirical ridiculing, and (b) intra‐group boundary‐making and “othering.” Our findings make an important contribution to the literature on migrant responses to criminalization and intra‐group relations in the Global South.

Keywords:  coping; discrimination; intra‐group othering; satire; South‐South migration; Venezuelan displacement

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.17645/si.v10i1.4816


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