Honors Theses

Date of Award

Spring 5-14-2023

Document Type

Undergraduate Thesis


Liberal Studies

First Advisor

Doug Sullivan-Gonzalez

Second Advisor

Jesse Cromwell

Third Advisor

Julio Acuna Garcia

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Throughout its turbulent history, Colombia has seen drastic changes in structure and administration. From military coups to shaky coalitions, the country’s infamous instability has long forced its citizens to find better prospects elsewhere. However, with the rise of the Maduro administration in Venezuela, Colombia faced a massive new flow of migrants and was forced to rectify current circumstances without properly addressing its internal issues beforehand. Despite its historical status as a nation of emigrants, Colombia marks a new norm for the rest of the globe. As new issues like climate change and increased armed conflict grow worldwide, countries on the fringes of these problems must confront the inevitable influx of refugees. Using a mix of qualitative and quantitative methods, this thesis analyzes the current immigration regime in Colombia and its feasibility. Colombia provides a clear example of the capability a nation has to welcome large numbers of migrants, but their solution is imperfect. Nevertheless, Colombia sets a compelling example of immigration policies and refugee aid and serves as a cautionary tale of the dangers of introducing too much too soon.

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